John Chamberlain, ‘Tonk #1’, Christie's

John Chamberlain (1927-2011)

Tonk #1

incised with signature 'Chamberlain' (on the edge of one element)

painted and chrome-plated steel

11 3/4 x 10 x 5 in. (29.8 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm.)

Executed in 1986.

Signature: incised with signature 'Chamberlain' (on the edge of one element)

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Venokur, New York, acquired directly from the artist

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 19 November 1997, lot 417

Allan Stone, New York

Acquired from the above 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