John Chamberlain

American, 1927–2011

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John Chamberlain

American, 1927–2011

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John Chamberlain is best known for his twisting sculptures made from scrap metal and banged up, discarded automobile parts and other industrial detritus. “My work has nothing to do with car wrecks,“ he has said. “I believe common materials are the best materials.” With its emphasis on paint finishes and the raw materials’ lines and seams, his work has been described as a kind of three-dimensional Abstract Expressionist painting. While his breakthrough work dates form the 1960s (namely in sculpture), he has also more recently worked with large-scale photography.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$6m, Sotheby's, 2018
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Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

John Chamberlain is best known for his twisting sculptures made from scrap metal and banged up, discarded automobile parts and other industrial detritus. “My work has nothing to do with car wrecks,“ he has said. “I believe common materials are the best materials.” With its emphasis on paint finishes and the raw materials’ lines and seams, his work has been described as a kind of three-dimensional Abstract Expressionist painting. While his breakthrough work dates form the 1960s (namely in sculpture), he has also more recently worked with large-scale photography.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$6m, Sotheby's, 2018
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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