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John Chamberlain (American, 1927–2011)
LOT ID: 78487
Untitled (2 works), 1983

Embossing
27 х 26.75 in. (68.58 x 67.95 cm.)
Signed, dated and editioned on recto.
Lot description
1) John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1983. Embossment, 26.7 x 30.5 inches (67.8 x 77.5 cm). Signed, dated, editioned "AP" and inscribed "after 'Three Cornered Desire'".

2) John Chamberlain, Untitled. Embossment, 27 x 26.75 inches (68.6 x 67.9 cm). Signed and inscribed "Good enough to pull". Creased upper left edge.

Chamberlain is best known for his sculptures made of old automobile parts, and did not create many prints during his prolific career. The prints offered here are wonderful examples of the artist’s rare experimentation with the medium. Chamberlain captured the essence of his sculptural work through the textural technique of embossing. The first work here, dominated by pinks and reds, is inscribed “after 'Three Cornered Desire'", which refers to his own sculpture of the same name from 1979. This iconic sculpture made of painted and chromium-plated steel was featured in the artist’s highly acclaimed retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2012.

American sculptor John Chamberlain (1927-2011) is well known for his use of festive color and found materials. His work is rooted in the tension of the Abstract Expressionists, and exhibits the flow and noisiness of Fluxus. Chamberlain’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial. He had his first retrospective in 1971 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and another retrospective was held by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1986. Most recently, Chamberlain's legacy was honored with an impressive and revered retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York, from February through May of 2012.
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Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
  • Untitled (2 works) by John Chamberlain
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