John Chamberlain

Born 1927, Rochester, Indiana. Died 2011, New York.



John Chamberlain accomplished with crushed auto parts what the Abstract Expressionists accomplished with paint. He created vast, swirling compositions of colored metal scraps from automobiles that earned him international fame. In his prints, Chamberlain transposed dynamic color abstractions from his sculptures to two-dimensional surfaces.Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1951–52) and Black Mountain College (1955–56) and moved to New York in 1956. His work is represented in many major public collections including Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; Menil Collection, Houston; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Tate Modern, London. He had his first retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1971, followed by more than one hundred solo exhibitions.