John Chamberlain, ‘ROSETUXEDO’, Christie's

John Chamberlain (1927-2011)


silver aluminum

84 x 83 x 62 in. (213.3 x 210.8 x 157.4 cm.)

Executed in 2003.


D. J. Getsy, “John Chamberlain’s pliability: the new monumental aluminum works,” Burlington Magazine, November 2011, pp. 739, 742-743, nos. 43-44, 48-49 (illustrated in color).

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

About John Chamberlain

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.

American, 1927-2011, Rochester, Indiana, based in Shelter Island, New York