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John CHAMBERLAIN
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John Chamberlain (1927 - 2011) is most known for his sculptures made of scrap metal, crushed automobile parts, and industrial materials. Chamberlain had a career-long interest in everyday objects, but focused almost exclusively on cars from 1959 to 1963. For several years he did paintings using automobile lacquer, but added materials such as foam rubber, plexiglass, and paper, then returned to his earlier method of producing crushed forms. His work has often been described as sculptural Abstract Expressionism.

Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at Black Mountain College, and then moved to New York City in 1957. He was influenced by sculptor David Smith in the use of welded and sheet forms in the construction of his work. In addition to his sculptures, Chamberlain created video art, which, like the automobiles, depicts common, recognizable items from daily life. In 1993 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center. Chamberlain's work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.
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