CHAMBERLAIN AT PACE
April 15 – July 1, 2011
“Given the complexity of Chamberlain’s dialectics and the openness of his improvisational process, the diversity of
his sculptures comes as no surprise. What distinguishes them all is their originality, inventiveness, and
masterliness or, as Chamberlain put it, ‘it’s all in the fit.’” – Irving Sandler, 1991
NEW YORK, April 15, 2011—The Pace Gallery will present an exhibition of sculptures by John Chamberlain
from 1982 to 2008, on view at 545 West 22nd Street from April 15 through July 1, 2011.
Chamberlain has been the subject of thirteen solo exhibitions at The Pace Gallery since 1963, as well as the
seminal exhibition De Kooning and Chamberlain: Influence and Transformation, which explored the affinities
between the muscular and gestural styles of the two Abstract Expressionists working across generations and
mediums. Critics, curators, and artists including Donald Judd, Irving Sandler, Klaus Kertess, Henry Geldhalzer,
Bernice Rose, Brian O’Doherty, and Julie Sylvester have contributed essays and interviews with Chamberlain for
exhibition catalogues published by the gallery, excerpts of which will serve as wall text for key works in the
exhibition, contextualizing the evolution of Chamberlain’s work over three decades.
John Chamberlain (b. 1927, Rochester, IN) studied at The Art Institute of Chicago and Black Mountain
College in North Carolina in the 1950s. In addition to working with steel, the medium for which he is
best known, Chamberlain made films in the late 1960s and has employed other media including foam,
foil, ink on canvas, oil, photography, and Plexiglas. Exhibited throughout the United States and Europe,
Chamberlain’s work has been included in the São Paolo Biennal (1961, 1994), Venice Biennale (1964),
Whitney Biennial (1973, 1987), Documenta, Kassel, Germany (1982), and the 181st Annual Invitational
Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy of Design, New York (2006).
Chamberlain’s work has been the subject of over 140 solo shows, traveling exhibitions and
retrospectives. In 2005, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, mounted John Chamberlain: Foam
Sculptures (1966–79) and Photographs (1989–2004), the first comprehensive survey of the artists’ work
Other major exhibitions and retrospectives have been organized by Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Zurich
(2005); Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands (1996); Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany
(1991); Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (1991); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
(1986); and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1971).
Chamberlain has been twice awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1966
and 1977) and in 1990 was elected a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters,
New York. Some years following his residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
Maine, Chamberlain received the school’s 1993 Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. That same year, he was
honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture
Center, Washington, D.C. In 1997, Chamberlain was named a recipient of The National Arts Club Artists
Award, New York, and in 1999, he received the Distinction in Sculpture Honor from the Sculpture Center,
New York. In 2007, Guild Hall Academy of the Fine Arts named Chamberlain the Visual Arts Honoree for
the 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chamberlain’s work can be found in over 60 public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of
Chicago; The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati, Marfa; Dia Foundation for the Arts, Beacon, New
York; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C.; IVAM Centro Julio González, Valencia; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Zurich;
Los Angeles County Museum; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art,
New York; The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York;
Philadelphia Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York.
The Pace Gallery represented John Chamberlain from 1987 to 2010.
For more information about Chamberlain at Pace, please contact the Public Relations department of The
Pace Gallery at 212.421.8987. For general inquiries, please email email@example.com; for
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