John Chamberlain  (American, 1927-2011) 

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John Chamberlain (American, 1927–2011) is considered one of the more important American postwar sculptors, known for his intuitive compilations of interlocking metals and use of industrial media. The artist grew up in Chicago, IL, before serving in the United States navy from 1943 to 1946. After serving, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago between 1951 and 1952, where he began making welded sculptures, drawing influence from sculptor David Smith (American, 1906–1965). Following his stay in Chicago, he enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1955, where he studied and taught for two years. Chamberlain moved to New York immediately afterward. At that time, he began including car parts into his work, crushing and welding pieces together to create abstract clusters.

Chamberlain’s first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at the Martha Jackson Gallery. The exposure led to his work being included in the MoMA’s 1961 group exhibition, Art of Assemblage, a survey of artists working with two- and three-dimensional constructions, offering a new and forceful articulation of the ideas of Abstract Expressionism. While the artist was widely known for his use of automobile parts, metals, and Plexiglas in large-scale sculptures, he also experimented with other media, making geometric paintings scattered with automobile paint. His first retrospective was held in 1971 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY.

He received many honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C. in 1993 and a Distinction in Sculpture Honor from the Sculpture Center in New York in 1999. Continuing his exploration of new media, Chamberlain undertook photography in the last decade of his life, creating large-format images that reflected the use of color in his sculptures. This final endeavor portrayed the sensitivity with which the artist approached his works, allowing their presence to express meaning rather than seeking to overcomplicate or trivialize the materials. The artist died in New York in 2011.

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John Chamberlain, Broke Purple

 

John Chamberlain
Broke Purple
1983

Auction: May 15, 2014
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
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John Chamberlain, ALL THAT IS LOVELY IN MEN

 

John Chamberlain
ALL THAT IS LOVELY IN MEN
2002

Patricia Low Contemporary
John Chamberlain, Untitled

 

John Chamberlain
Untitled
1985

Casterline | Goodman Gallery
John Chamberlain, Flashback I

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback I
1981

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
John Chamberlain, Flashback III

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback III
1981

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
John Chamberlain, Flashback IV

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback IV
1981

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
John Chamberlain, Flashback V

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback V
1981

Sondra Mayer Fine Art
John Chamberlain, Flashback VI

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback VI
1981

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John Chamberlain, Flashback VII

 

John Chamberlain
Flashback VII
1981

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John Chamberlain, Untitled (3 works)

 

John Chamberlain
Untitled (3 works), 1966
felt-tip on paper

 

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John Chamberlain, Blue Pineapple

 

John Chamberlain
Blue Pineapple, 1981
marker and pencil on newsprint

 

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John Chamberlain, Garuda

 

John Chamberlain
Garuda, 1987
painted steel

 

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1927   Born in Rochester, IN
1951 - 1952   Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1955 - 1956   Attended Black Mountain College, Asheville, NC
1966   Received John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundationfellowship
1977   Received 2nd Guggenheim fellowship
1990   Elected a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1999 - 2000   Independent study program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2011   Died in New York
  Lived and worked on Shelter Island, New York
2012 - 2013   Something Turned Into a Thing, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2012   Retrospective, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY (solo)
2012   Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
2012   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
2011 - 2012   September 11, P.S.1 MoMA, Long Island, USA (group)
2011 - 2012   John Chamberlain: Pictures. Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011   Chamberlain at Pace. Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011   John Chamberlain: New Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY; Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011   Dan Flavin & John Chamberlain: Sculptures, Gagosian Gallery, New
2011   A Summer of American Masters with Robert Indiana, KM Fine Arts,
2010   Alfred Leslie, John Chamberlain Collage. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2010   John Chamberlain: SINKOPEEFEAST. More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland (solo)
2010   John Chamberlain. Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2010   John Chamberlain: Sculpture. Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland (solo)
2009   John Chamberlain: A Body of Work. More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland (solo)
2009   John Chamberlain: Early Years. L+M Arts, New York, NY (solo)
2009   A Walk in the Park: Outdoor Sculpture at Pace Wildenstein. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
2009   Oranges and Sardines. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2008   Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today. With Daniel Buren and Lawrence Wiener Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2007   John Chamberlain. Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France and Cologne, Germany (solo)
2007   John Chamberlain: New Work. Anthony Meier, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   It’s his show. Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006   It’s All in the Fit. Chianti Foundation, Marfa, TX (solo)
2006   Bilderwechsel III - Amerikanische Malerei. Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
2006   Plane/Figure. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2006   Venice 1948 – 1986: the art scene. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
2006   Auto-nom-mobile. Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
2006   Summer Group Show. The Pace Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Recent Sculptures. Pace Wildenstein, New York (solo)
2005   John Chamberlain - Papier Paradisio. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2005   John Chamberlain: Without Fear. Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
2005   John Chamberlain: Foam sculptures (1966-1979) and Photographs (1989-2004). Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX (solo)
2005   La Photographie en parallele. La Maison Européenne de la Photographie Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2005   Design is not Art. AAM Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2005   Blickachsen 5. Blickachsen - Skulpturen im Kurpark Bad Homburg v.d.Höhe Bad Homburg
2005   Bilderwechsel. Museum Sammlung Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
2005   Sculpture. Danese Gallery, New York
2005   EXIT_AUSSTIEG AUS DEM BILD. ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005   John Chamberlain and Tony Feher – open House 2005. The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
2004   Chelsea Group Show 2004. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Sommer 2004. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2004   John Chamberlain. LA Louver, Venice, CA (solo)
2004   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (solo)
2003   Summer Travels. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Recent Sculpture. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2003   John Chamberlain: Early Works. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   American Icon: The Art of John Chamberlain. Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY (solo)
2003   Dan Flavin & John Chamberlain: Sculptures. Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Buchmann Skulpturenprojekte & Kunsthandel, Lugano, Switzerland
2002   Happy New Year! Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
2002   John Chamberlain: Sculpture 1988-2001. Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
2002   Clark Fine Art, Southampton, NY (solo)
2002   Inside Contemporary Sculpture. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2002   Treasures 2002, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA
2002   Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture. Wall Street Rising, New York, NY
2001   The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of 20th-Century Art. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2001   Summer in the City. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
2001   John Chamberlain: The Hedge. The Center for Public Sculpture, New York, NY (solo)
2001   L.A. Louver. Venice, CA (solo)
2001   Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2001   The Cultural Desert: Art, Medicine & Environment. Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
2000   D´Amelio Terras, New York, NY
2000   Crossroads of American Sculpture. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2000   Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2000   Fortieth Anniversary of the Allan Stone Gallery. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY
2000   John Chamberlain Sculpture: Selections from the Menil and Dia Center for the Arts. The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (solo)
2000   The Center for Public Sculpture, New York, NY (solo)
1999   John Chamberlain. Lever House, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Galerie Karsten Greve Milan, Italy
1998   John Chamberlain: Chamberlain’s Fauve Landscape. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
1998   John Chamberlain: Sculpture and Photographs. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
1997   John Chamberlain: Abstract Sculpture. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA (solo)
1997   Baby Tycoons: Skulpturen von John Chamberlain. Museum für Lackkunst, Münster, Germany (solo)
1997   John Chamberlain. Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
1997   John Chamberlain: “Sculptures.” Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1997   Pace Wildenstein, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1997   Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany (solo)
1997   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
1996   John Chamberlain: Sculpture. Traveling exhibition: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (solo)
1996   John Chamberlain: Couches and Related Sculpture 1967-1971. A/D Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
1995   John Chamberlain. Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1995   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
1994 - 1995   Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
1994   São Paolo Biennial, Brazil
1994   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
1994   John Chamberlain. Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
1994   Wide Point: The Photography of John Chamberlain. Traveling exhibition: The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (solo)
1994   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1993   John Chamberlain. Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France (solo)
1993   Photographs by John Chamberlain. MiraMar Gallery, Sarasota, FL (solo)
1993   John Chamberlain: Neue Skulpturen. Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1993   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
1992 - 1993   Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
1992   John Chamberlain: Recent Work. The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1992   John Chamberlain: Arbiten auf Papier. Galerie Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1992   John Chamberlain: New Work. Dia Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton, NY (solo)
1992   John Chamberlain: New Sculpture. Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
1992   John Chamberlain. Galleria Seno, Milan, Italy (solo)
1992   John Chamberlain. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain. Traveling retrospective exhibition. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany (solo)
1991   Famous Last Words and Works on Paper. Bradley University, Peoria, IL (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain. Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain: Monotypes. Pace Editions, New York, NY (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain: New Sculpture. The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain: Arbeiten auf Paper 1982/83: Sprays, Gondola Series, Giraffe Skin Series. Galerie Fred Jahn, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1991   John Chamberlain: Gondolas, 1981-1985 and Dooms Day Flotilla, 1982. Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
1990   John Chamberlain. Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
1990   John Chamberlain. Traveling exhibition: Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Inc. Vero Beach, FL; Museum of Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
1989   Sculpture 1960’s – 1980’s. Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MI (solo)
1989   John Chamberlain: New Sculpture. The Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1989   John Chamberlain. Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1989   Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
1987   Biennial of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1987   Sculpture 1960’s – 1980’s. The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (solo)
1987   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, England (solo)
1987   John Chamberlain: Skulpturen. Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany (solo)
1987   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Xavier Fourcade, Inc. New York, NY (solo)
1987   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London, England (solo)
1986   John Chamberlain: Sculpture, 1954-1985. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1986   John Chamberlain: Oils. Traveling exhibition: Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany; Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany; Brook Alexander, New York, NY (solo)
1986   John Chamberlain. Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1986   Retrospective. Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1985   Second Talent. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1985   Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades of American and European Art. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1985   John Chamberlain. Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1985   John Chamberlain: Sculpture. Galerie Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris, France (solo)
1984   John Chamberlain/Esculturas. Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid (solo)
1984   Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984   American Tableau. The Seagram Plaza, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1984   Galerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1984   John Chamberlain Sculpture: An Extended Exhibition. Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Chamberlain Gardens, Essex. Dia Art Foundation, Essex, CT (solo)
1984   John Chamberlain. The Art Museum of the Pecos, Marfa, TX, Dia Art Foundation, Marfa, TX (solo)
1984   Experiment Sammlung I: Une Collection imaginaire. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
1984   The First Show: Painting and Sculpture from Eight Collections 1940—1980. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1984   La Rime et la raison: Les collections Menil. Grand Palais, Paris, France
1984   Inaugural Exhibition. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
1984   Forming. Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY
1984   Ein anderes Klima. Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1984   American Sculpture: Three Decades. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1984   Automobile and Culture. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1984   The Third Dimension. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1984   Mile 4. Chicago Sculpture International, Chicago, IL
1983   Borofsky, Chamberlain, Dahn, Knoebel. Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1983   De Statua. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
1983   Sculpture: Tradition in Steel. Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, NY
1983   The Nuclear Age: Tradition and Transition. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1983   John Chamberlain: an Extended Exhibition. Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain. The Art Museum of the Pecos/Dia Art Foundation, Marfa, TX (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain. LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain. Miriam Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain. Robert L. Kidd Galleries, Birmingham, MI (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture and Work on Paper. The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
1983   John Chamberlain Reliefs 1960-1982. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL (solo)
1982 - 1983   An Exhibition of Sculpture by John Chamberlain. Dia Art Foundation, the Art Museum of the Pecos, Marfa, TX (solo)
1982   Chamberlain Gardens: Essex. Dia Arts Foundation, Essex, CT (solo)
1982   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Documenta 7. Kassel, Germany
1982   Castelli and his Artists/Twenty Five Years. La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
1982   American Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1982   Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL
1982   Sculpture from the Vanderbilt Art Collection. Vanderbilt Art Gallery, Nashville, TN
1982   The New York School: Four Decades. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1981   Twentieth Century American Art: Highlights of the Permanent Collection. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1981   International Florida Artists Exhibition. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
1981   Westkunst. Museum der Stadt, Cologne, Germany
1981   Westkunst. Museum der Stadt Koln, Cologne (solo)
1980   John Chamberlain. Traveling exhibition: Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (solo)
1980   Faszination des Objekts. Museum moderner Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria
1980   The Guggenheim Collection 1900—1980. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1980   American Sculpture: Gifts of Howard and Jean Lipman. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1980   Selections from the Permanent Collection. Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1980   Reliefs/Formproblem zwischen Malerei und Skulptur in 20. Jahrhundert. Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
1979   Auto Icons. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1979   Collection: Art in American after World War II. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1979   Soft Art Exhibition. Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
1979   Contemporary Art Acquisitions from Sydney and Frances Lewis. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
1979   Contemporary Sculpture: Selections from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1979   A Celebration of Acquisitions: Gifts and Purchases, 1975—1979. Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
1978   Art and the Automobile. Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI
1978   Collection: American Sculpture. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1978   American Art 1950 to the Present. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1978   Selections from the Fort Worth Art Museum Permanent Collection. Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
1978   John Chamberlain. Heiner Friedrich GmbH, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1978   The Texas Pieces. Presented by the Dia Art Foundation, Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward’s Island, New York, NY (solo)
1977 - 1978   The Texas Pieces. Presented by the Dia Art Foundation at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward’s Island, New York, NY (solo)
1977   John Chamberlain: An Exhibition of Sculpture: 1959—1962. The Mayor Gallery, London, England (solo)
1977   John Chamberlain. Heiner Friedrich, Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1977   View from the Cockpit. Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1977   Two Decades of Exploration: Homage to Leo Castelli on the Occasion of his Twentieth Anniversary. The Art Association of Newport, Newport, RI
1977   Pop Plus. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1977   Collectors Collect Contemporary: A Selection from Boston Collections. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1977   Jubilation: American Art during the Reign of Elizabeth II. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
1977   Twentieth Century Art from Friends’ Collections. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1977   New York: The State of Art. The New York State Museum, Albany, NY
1977   Works on Paper by Contemporary American Artists. Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1977   Permanent Collection: Thirty Years of American Art 1945—1975. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1977   Recent Acquisitions. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1976   Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1976   New York—Downtown Manhattan: SoHo. Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1976   7 + 5: Sculptors in the 1950s. Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
1976   Three Hundred Years of American Art in the Chrysler Museum. Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1976   Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1975   John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture. Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; St. Louis Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1975   John Chamberlain. Ronald Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1975   John Chamberlain. James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1975   Wreck: A Tragic-Romantic American Theme. The C.W. Post College Art Gallery, Greenvale, NY
1975   Painting, Drawing and Sculpture of the Sixties and Seventies from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1975   Sculpture, American Directions, 1945—1975. National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Collection, Washington D.C.
1975   San Diego Collects. La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
1975   Sculpture of the 60s. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1974   Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950—1965. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1974   Large Scale Sculpture Show. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1974   The Ponderosa Collection. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1974   Works from Change Inc. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1974   Wreck. Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
1974   Contemporary American Sculpture. The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
1974   Inaugural Exhibition. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
1974   John Chamberlain. Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1974   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1974   John Chamberlain: The Texas Pieces. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New York, NY (solo)
1973   John Chamberlain: Texas Pieces. Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New York, NY (solo)
1973   Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1973   American Art 1948—1973. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1973   Biennial of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1973   Sculpture 3—New York Artists on Tour. World Trade Center, New York, NY
1973   Selections from the Permanent Collection. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1973   New York Collection for Stockholm. Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1973   South Florida Collects. Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1972   Film-Video-Photographs-Projektion. Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1972   Painting and Sculpture Today. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1972   Recent American Painting and Sculpture. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1972   American Art Since 1945. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1972   Sixties to Seventy-two: American Art from the Collection of Ed Cauduro. Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
1972   John Chamberlain/F___g Couches. Lo Giudice Gallery, New York, NY in affiliation with Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1971   Retrospective. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1971   Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1971   Younger Abstract Expressionists of the Fifties. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1971   Techniques and Creativity/Selections from Gemini G.E.L. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1971   Art and the Automobile. Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
1971   Prospect ’71. Städische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1971   Highlights of the 1970—1971 Season. The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1971   Selections from the Museum Collection and Recent Acquisitions, 1971. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1971   Wilderness. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1970   The Highway. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1970   Painting and Sculpture Today—1970. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1970   The Thing as Object. Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
1970   Monumental Art. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1970   Metamorphose des Dinges. Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
1970   Small Sculptures from Cincinnati Collections. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1970   Hard and Soft: Recent Sculpture. Lo Giudice Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1970   John Chamberlain Couches. Locksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1969   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York, NY (solo)
1969   John Chamberlain. Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1969   New Media, New Methods. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1969   Soft Art. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
1969   Painting and Sculpture Today—1969. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1969   Sammlung 1968 Karl Ströher. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
1969   New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940—1970. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1969   An American Report on the Sixties. Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1968   Annual Exhibition of Sculpture. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968   Selections from the Collection of Hanford Yang. The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1968   Sammlung Hahn: Zeitgenössische Kunst. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany
1968   Sammlung 1968 Karl Ströher. Galerie-Verein Munich, Neue Pinatothek, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
1968   Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1968   John Chamberlain. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
1967   John Chamberlain. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (solo)
1967   John Chamberlain. Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, Germany (solo)
1967   John Chamberlain. Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1967   John Chamberlain. Pomona College Art Department, Claremont, CA (solo)
1967   American Sculpture of the Sixties. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1967   Sculpture: A Generation of Innovation. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1967   The 1960s: Painting and Sculpture from the Museum Collection. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1967   The 1967 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture. Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1966   Art of the United States: 1970—1966. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1966   Contemporary American Sculpture: Selection I. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1966   Annual of Sculpture and Drawing. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1966   John Chamberlain. Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1965   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1965   Painting and Sculpture Today. Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1965   Painting without a Brush. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1965   American Sculpture 1900—1965. Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
1965   Seven Sculptors. Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1965   Modern Sculpture USA. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1965   Virginia Dwan Kondratief Collection. University of California at Los Angeles, CA
1964   Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
1964   Twenty-fourth Annual Exhibition by the Society for Contemporary American Art. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1964   The Atmosphere of ’64. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1964   Painting and Sculpture of a Decade. The Tate Gallery, London, England
1964   XXXII Esposizione biennale internationale d’arte. Venice, Italy
1964   The Biennial Eight. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
1964   Recent American Sculpture. The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1964   Sculpture Annual. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1964   John Chamberlain. Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France (solo)
1964   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1963   John Chamberlain. Pace Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
1963   Dilexi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1963   Sculptors of Our Time. Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C.
1963   Mixed Media and Pop Art. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1963   Premiere Salon international de galleries-pilotes. Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1963   Sculpture in the Open Air. Battersea Park, London
1962   Directions in Modern Sculpture. Providence Arts Club, Providence, RI
1962   Modern Sculpture from the Joseph T. Hirschhorn Collection. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1962   Annual of Sculpture and Drawing. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1962   Sixty-Fifth Annual American Exhibition: Some Directions in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1962   John Chamberlain. Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1962   John Chamberlain. Dilexi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1961   The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1961   VI Bienal. Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paolo, Brazil
1961   The Art of Assemblage. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1961   Ways and Means. Houston Contemporary Arts Association, Houston, TX
1960   Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1960   New Sculpture Group. Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1960   Annual of Sculpture and Drawing. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1960   John Chamberlain. Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1959   Recent Sculpture USA. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1958   John Chamberlain. Davida Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1957   John Chamberlain. Wells Street Gallery, Chicago. IL (solo)
1957   Wells Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, IL
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
  Tate Gallery, London, England
  University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
  Musée National D’Arte Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  Dia Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
  Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
  Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  IVAM Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain
  Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
  Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
  Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
  Clay Center, Charleston, WV
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
  Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  Dia Foundation for the Arts, Beacon, NY
2005    Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Robert Creeley, Fielding Dawson und Dieter Schwarz. John Chamberlain: Papier Paradisio. Winterthur: Kunstmuseum, 2005 (catalogue)
Design is not Art. Aspen, CO: AAM - Aspen Art Museum, 2005
2001    Rose, Bernice. DeKooning, Chamberlain: Influence and Transformation. New York: PaceWildenstein, 2001
1996    Rudi Fuchs, John Yau, Donald Judd, Marja Bloem. John Chamberlain, Current Works and Fond Memories. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1996
1991    Angelika Beckmann, John Chamberlain, Donald Judd and Jochen Poetter. John Chamberlain. Baden-Baden, Germany: Staatliche Kunsthalle, 1991
Sylvester, Julie and Lawrence Weiner. John Chamberlain: Gondolas and Dooms Day Flotilla. New York: Dia Center for the Arts, 1991
1986    Kertess, Klaus. John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture, 1954–1985. New York: Hudson Hills Press, in association with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1986