A retrospective on the work by the late John Chamberlain

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.)
New York, NY 10128

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Region: East 80s

The large-scale sculptures made out of auto parts and crushed steel by the late John Chamberlain are often quick to be associated with car wrecks—a sentiment Chamberlain did not share and long tried to avoid. Instead, he preferred to see his hulking works of art as Abstract Expressionism in 3-D. John Chamberlain: Choices, a retrospective that he was working on when he died at the age of 84 in December, features these massive pieces situated in chronological order, from his first works made shortly after his arrival in New York in 1956 up through his final works from last year. The beauty of these sculptures, given quirky names such as Miss Lucy Pink and Lord Suckfist, is particularly spectacular when hearing his process: "One day something—some one thing—pops out at you, and you pick it up, and you take it over, and you put it somewhere else, and it fits. It's just the right thing at the right moment." Or, in other words, it was all about making the right "choices."
Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: April 7. Continues through May 13, 2012
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