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John Chamberlain

Stance, Rhythm, and Tilt

September 28–December 11, 2021
West 21st Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

John Chamberlain, Diamond Lee, 1969 Painted and chrome-plated steel, 59 × 57 × 45 inches (149.9 × 144.8 × 114.3 cm)© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

John Chamberlain, Diamond Lee, 1969

Painted and chrome-plated steel, 59 × 57 × 45 inches (149.9 × 144.8 × 114.3 cm)
© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

John Chamberlain, TAMBOURINEFRAPPE, 2010 Painted and chrome-plated steel, 116 ¾ × 90 × 86 ½ inches (296.5 × 228.6 × 219.7 cm)© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

John Chamberlain, TAMBOURINEFRAPPE, 2010

Painted and chrome-plated steel, 116 ¾ × 90 × 86 ½ inches (296.5 × 228.6 × 219.7 cm)
© 2021 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

There’s all these different variations . . . coming out looking like the sculptures that are what you might call the signature mark. The stance, and the rhythm, and the tilt are all in there. . . . But I went at the materials the way the materials evidently told me to. You squeeze one and you wad another, and you melt another . . . so these peculiarities were starting to pay off for me.
—John Chamberlain

Gagosian is pleased to present Stance, Rhythm, and Tilt, an exhibition of sculptures by John Chamberlain (1927–2011). Curated by art historian Susan Davidson, organizer of the artist’s 2012 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the exhibition takes its title from a conversation between Chamberlain and poet Robert Creeley, and gathers work made over a sixty-year period.

Chamberlain developed his distinctive aesthetic and techniques early in his career, citing the time he spent on an aircraft carrier as a member of the US Navy in the mid-1940s as influential on his understanding of scale and perspective. By compressing metal to generate complex folds and textures, then welding disparate elements together, he arrived at an innovative variant on three-dimensional collage that emphasizes volume and mass regardless of overall proportion. Chamberlain’s profound respect for the inherent properties of his materials is evident in the heterogeneity of his forms and the directness of his process, with the range of works on view also demonstrating the recurrence of certain physical gestures.

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