John Chamberlain

About Artist: Born John Angus Chamberlain on April 16 in Rochester, Indiana, to Mary Francis Waller and Claude Chester Chamberlain. 1931 Moves to Chicago, Illinois; brought up by his maternal grandmother Edna Brown Waller. 1943 Leaves Chicago. En route to California, joins the U. S. Navy. 1943-46 Serves in the U. S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U. S. S. Tulagi; tours in the Pacific and Mediterranean. 1948 Moves to Detroit, Michigan. Marries Virginia Wooten. 1950 Studies hairdressing in Chicago through the Veterans Administration G. I. Bill. 1951-52 Attends the school of The Art Institute of Chicago. 1953-54 Works as a hairdresser and makeup artist in Chicago. 1955-56 Attends Black Mountain College in North Carolina; meets the poets Charles Olson, Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley. 1956 Moves to New York. Marries Elaine Grulkowski. Birth of first son, Angus Orion Chamberlain, in New York. 1957 First solo exhibition, at the Wells Street Gallery in Chicago. Makes Shortstop, his first sculpture made from auto - body parts, in Southampton, New York, at the home of Larry Rivers. 1958 First exhibition in New York, a two - man exhibition with Joseph Fiore at the Davida Gallery. Included in a group exhibition at the Hansa Gallery, New York. Birth of Jesse Claude Chamberlain, a second son, in New York. 1959 Maintains a studio at Tenth Street and Broadway in New York and lives in Rockland County, New York through 1961. Included in Recent Sculpture USA at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1960 First one - man exhibition in New York, at the Martha Jackson Gallery. 1962 Maintains a studio on Cherry Street, New York. Birth of third son, John Duncan Chamberlain, in New York. First one - man exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. 1963 Moves with his family to Embudo, New Mexico; begins his first series of auto - lacquer and metal - flake paintings. Spends the summer in Topanga Canyon, California. 965 Returns to New York and maintains a studio at 53 Greene Street. 1966 Follows his family to Santa Fe, New Mexico; teaches graduate students at the University of New Mexico. Receives the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Makes a series of fiberglass sculptures based on french - curve drawings. Spends the summer in Malibu, California; begins first instant sculptures, made of urethane foam. 1967 Returns to New York; shares a studio with Neil Williams at 60 Grand Street. Begins galvanized - steel sculptures. 1968 Makes his first film, Wedding Night, starring Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead, in New York, directed by John Chamberlain, and Buddy Wirtshafter, produced by John Chamberlain. The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, a sixteen - millimeter, fifty - four minute color film starring Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead, made in Valladolla, Mexico, directed by John Chamberlain and produced by Alan Power. Travels to London to make Wide Point, a sixteen - millimeter, sixty - minute color film projected on seven screens simultaneously, starring Taylor Mead, directed by John Chamberlain and produced by Alan Power. 1969 Artist in residence at two corporations, in conjunction with the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum: first at Dart Industries, then, for two months, at the Rand Corporation. At Dart, proposes SniFFter, an olfactory stimulus - response environment consisting of one hundred bottled smells (adhesive tape, female skin in sun, downtown Las Vegas, wet fur, air at eleven thousand feet in New Mexico); the project is never fully developed. At Rand, a showing of The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez causes controversy and is banned; The Rand Piece is realized, a thirty - four page document of questions divided into two sections: What are the circumstances to these responses, and, What is the response to these circumstances? Visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Spends one month at the home of Lewis Manilow in Park Forest South, Illinois; makes a series of white and chrome sculptures. The Penthousee series of brown paper bag sculptures are made in a studio on Park Avenue South, New York. 1970 The Plexiglas pieces are begun in East Los Angeles and vacuum coated in Larry Bell’s studio in Venice, California. Shares a studio with Neil Williams in Little Sycamore Canyon, California, where the Morgansplit paintings, a series of some twelve paintings intensely painted on an irregular surface, are made. 1971 Returns to New York and maintains a studio on Wooster Street. John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. 1972 Lives and works at the ranch of Stanley Marsh III in Amarillo, Texas, where the group of works known as The Texas Pieces is begun. Makes a proposal to the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati for the Amarillo Piece, an environment including projected images of a Panhandle feedlot from dawn to dusk, six urethane - foam couches regulated by the mean temperature of Amarillo, an audio of cows and wind, and odors of feedlot and cut hay; the project is never realized. 1973 Death of Elaine Chamberlain in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1974 Moves to a studio at 67 Vestry Street in New York; resumes work with auto - body parts. Maintains this studio until 1980. 1975 The Texas Pieces exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, outdoors at the Saint Louis Botanical Gardens, Missouri, and at the Minneapolis Museum of Fine Arts. 1977 Receives a second Guggenheim fellowship. Converts a barn in Essex, Connecticut, into a residence and outdoor studio. Begins taking photographs with a wide - lux camera. Marries Lorraine Beicher in New York. 1979 Receives a commission from the U. S. General Services Administration for the Federal Plaza in Detroit. 1980 Moves to Sarasota, Florida. 1981 Purchases and lives aboard the houseboat Ottonello at the marina in Sarasota where his yacht, the Cocola, is also moored. Establishes a studio at Tenth Street and Coconut in Sarasota and maintains an outdoor studio in Osprey, Florida, at the end of a junkyard; creates Deliquescence and hatches the inspiration for the first Gondolas. 1982 Deliquescence installed at the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. An extended exhibition of sculpture is presented by the Dia Art Foundation at the artist’s former studio at 67 Vestry Street, New York, which is shown through 1985. Chamberlain Gardens, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture, is presented by the Dia Art Foundation at the artist’s former residence in Essex, Connecticut, which is shown through 1984. 1983 An exhibition of his sculpture opens at the Art Museum of the Pecos in Marfa, Texas, sponsored by the Dia Art Foundation. 1984 Receives the Brandeis University Creative Arts award medal in sculpture. John Chamberlain/Esculturas exhibition opens at the Palacio Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid. American Tableau is presented and installed at the Seagram Plaza in New York. 1985 Artist in Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. 1986 Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 1987 Joins The Pace Gallery, New York. Coloured Gates of Louisville: The Inevitible Return of The Indefatigable Dr. Fahey, 1988, a wall relief, is commissioned by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville. 1990 Elected a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York. 1991 Retrospective at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden - Baden, Baden - Baden, Germany and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany. 1993 Receives the 1993 Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center, Washington, D. C. 1994 Buys Elaine de Kooning’s house in Easthampton, New York. Begins major renovation of house. 1995 Berlin Project "Turm Von Clytie." Buys restaurant, Shelter Island, New York. Names restaurant "Chamberlain's." Suffers major heart attack and under goies triple by-pass surgery. Marries Prudence Fairweather. Chamberlain travels to St. Moritz, Switzerland with family and works on his photography projects. Travels to Italy and Lugano, exhibition in Lugano. 1996 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Exhibition. Marries Prudence Fairweather in Paris, France, June 9. Reception at Le Grand Vefour, Café Marly and the Ritz. Buys Winthrop House on Shelter Island. Marries Prudence Fairweather September 6 on yacht off the coast of Shelter Island, New York. 1997 Receives The National Arts Club Artists Award in New York January 16. Acquires land across from Winthrop House and builds new studio. 1998 Sells Elaine de Kooning House in Easthampton, New York. John Chamberlain "Recent Works" PaceWildenstein, Greene Street., New York exhibits Privet & Hedge works March. Lisbon show (research) 1999 Receives Distinction in Sculpture Honor from Sculpture Center in New York December 1. Death of son, Jesse Claude Chamberlain August. Begins building new studio on Shelter Island, New York. 2000 PaceWildenstein show, John Chamberlain Recent Works Receives Distinction in Sculpture Honor from Sculpture Center in New York December 1. Death of son, Jesse Claude Chamberlain August. Dia Art Foundtation exhibits, Privet and Hedge, New York, New York. Begins to build new studio on Shelter Island, New York. 2001 Chamberlain under goes knee surgery. Chamberlain travels to St. Moritz, Switzerland with family and works on his photography projects. Travels to Italy, Paris, and Lugano. Begins saxophone lessons with renowned saxophonist Hal McKusik. 2002 Travels to Paris with family and stays at Dominique de Menil’s house and works on maquettes for new projects. Celebrates 75th Birthday at The American Hotel, Sag Harbour, New York. Mask Exhibition in Southampton. Returns to Shelter Island, New York and begins large format photographs on canvas. Solo Exhibitions 1957 Wells Street Gallery, Chicago 1958 Davida Gallery, New York 1960 Martha Jackson Gallery, New York 1962 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco 1963 The Pace Gallery, Boston Dilexi Gallery, Sari Francisco 1964 Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris (catalogue) Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1965 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1966 Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles 1967 The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (catalogue) Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich 1969 Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles 1970 Hard and Soft: Recent Sculpture, Lo Giudice Gallery, Chicago Couches, Locksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis 1971 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (catalogue) 1972 John Chamberlain/F - - - - - g Couches, Lo Giudice Gallery, New York, in affiliation with Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1973 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1973-74 John Chamberlain: The Texas Pieces, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New York 1974 Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago 1975 John Chamberlain: The Texas Pieces, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Missouri; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (catalogue) Ronald Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles 1976 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1977 View from the Cockpit, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles Heiner Friedrich, Inc. , New York John Chamberlain: An Exhibition of Sculpture: 1959-1962, Mayor Gallery, London (catalogue) 1977-78 The Texas Pieces, presented by the Dia Art Foundation, Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward’s Island, New York 1978 Heiner Friedrich, Cologne 1979 Kunsthalle, Bern (catalogue) Heiner Friedrich, Cologne 1980 Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (catalogue) 1982 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York 1982-84 Chamberlain Gardens: Essex, Dia Art Foundation, Essex, Connecticut 1982-85 John Chamberlain Sculpture: An Extended Exhibition, Dia Art Foundation, New York 1983 John Chamberlain Reliefs 1960-1982, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida (catalogue) John Chamberlain: Sculpture and Work on Paper, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio (catalogue) Robert L. Kidd Galleries, Birmingham, Michigan Marian Goodman Gallery, New York John Chamberlain, L. A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, November 12 - December 12 The Art Museum of the Pecos, Marfa, Texas, Dia Art Foundation, Marfa, Texas 1984 John Chamberlain/Esculturas, Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid, January - March (catalogue) John Chamberlain: New Sculpture, Xavier Fourcade, Inc. , New York, February 25 - March 31 (catalogue) John Chamberlain: Selected Prints, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, November 8-27 American Tableau, The Seagram Plaza, New York Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne Galerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam The Art Museum of the Pecos, Marfa, Texas, Dia Art Foundation, Marfa, Texas 1985 John Chamberlain: Sculpture, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, March 4-30 Galerie Gillespie - Laage - Salomon, Paris 1986 John Chamberlain: Oils, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, March 6-27; travels to: Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, May 21 - June 28; Brooke Alexander, New York, September 13 - October 25 (catalogue) Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, July 19 - August 28 John Chamberlain: Sculpture, 1954-1985, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, July 30 - October 5 (catalogue) 1987 John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, Fabian Carisson Gallery, London, April 15 - May 16 John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, Xavier Fourcade, Inc. , New York, May 8 - June 13 John Chamberlain: Skulpturen, Galerie Tanit, Munich, May 15 - July John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, June 27 - July 26 Sculpture, John Chamberlain, 1970s & 1980s, The Menil Collection, Houston (catalogue) 1987-88 John Chamberlain, Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, October 29, 1987 - January 9, 1988 1988 John Chamberlain, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, June 7 - August 6 1989 John Chamberlain: New Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, New York, February 17 - March 18 (catalogue) Sculpture 1960’s - 1980’s, Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis 1990 John Chamberlain, Waddington Galleries, London, March 28 - April 21 1990-91 John Chamberlain: Gondolas, J981-85 and Dooms Day Flotilla, 1982, Dia Art Foundation, New York, April 1990 - March 1991 (catalogue) 1991 John Chamberlain: Arbeiten auf Papier 1982/83: Sprays * Gondola - Series* Giraffe - Skin - Series, Galerie Fred Jahn, Stuttgart, January 19 - February 9 John Chamberlain: New Sculpture, The Pace Gallery, New York, March 8 - April 13 (catalogue) John Chamberlain: Monotypes, Pace Editions, New York, March 8 - April 13 John Chamberlain, retrospective exhibition, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, May 11 - July 21; travels to Staatliche Kunstsammungen Dresden, August 25 - November 3 (catalogue) John Chamberlain, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, May 23 - June 29 Famous Last Words and Works on Paper, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, October 7 - December 10 1992 John Chamberlain, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, February 22 - March 21 Albert Totah, Milan, March 26 - May 11 John Chamberlain, Galleria Seno, Milan, April 2 - May 11 John Chamberlain: New Sculpture, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, August 8-28 John Chamberlain: New Work, Dia Center for the Arts, Bridgehampton, New York, August 8 - September 6 John Chamberlain: Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Meyer - Ellinger, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 1-26 John Chamberlain: Recent Work, The Pace Gallery, 142 Greene Street, New York, October 24 - November 28 (catalogue) 1992-93 John Chamberlain: Neue Skulpturen, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, November 14, 1992 - February 27, 1993 1993 Photographs by John Chamberlain, Mira Mar Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, January 26 - February 20 John Chamberlain Photographs, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, March - April 15 John Chamberlain, Gallerie Karsten Greve, Paris, April - May 22 1993-94 Wide Point: The Photography of John Chamberlain, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, May 1 - June 13, 1993; Tampa Museum of Art, Florida, November 7, 1993 - January 30, 1994; Indianapolis Museum of Art, April 23 - July 31, 1994 (catalogue) John Chamberlain, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, November 20, 1993 - January 5, 1994 1994 John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, June 11 - July 16 John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, September 17 - October 15 1994-95 John Chamberlain, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, October 22, 1994 January 12, 1995 1996 John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, PaceWildenstein, New York, May June 21 John Chamberlain: Current Work and Fond Memories, Sculptures and Photographs 1967-1995, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, May 11 - June 30. Travels to Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany, September 7 - November 17. John Chamberlain: Couches & Related Sculpture, 1967-1971, A/D, New York, September 19 - November 2. 1996-97 John Chamberlain, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea, December 13, 1996 January 20, 1997. 1997 John Chamberlain: Abstract Sculptures, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California, April 19 - June 8, 1997. John Chamberlain: "Baby Tycoons", 1992-97, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, April 29 - June 21, 1997. Baby Tycoons: Skulpturen von John Chamberlain, Museum fur Lackkunst, Münster, June 21 - September 28, 1997. John Chamberlain: "Sculptures", Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, November 7 December 5, 1997. 1997-98 John Chamberlain: Sculpture and Photographs, PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles, November 14, 1997 - January 10, 1998. 1998 John Chamberlain: Chamberlain's Fauve Landscape, Pace Wildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, March 11 - April 25, 1998 1999 John Chamberlain, Lever House, New York, June 9 - October 10, 1999. 2000 John Chamberlain Sculpture. Selections from The Menil Collection and Dia Center for the Arts, The Menil Collection, Houston, January 28 - March 26, 2000. John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture, PaceWildenstein, 142 Greene Street, New York, May 12 - June 10, 2000. Two-Person Exhibitions 1958 Davida Gallery, Chicago (with Joseph Fiore) 1962 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (with Frank Stella) 1963 Robert Fraser Gallery, London (with Richard Stankiewicz) 1965 Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne (with Allan D’Arcangelo) 1972 Taft Musetirn, Cincinnati (with Peter Alexander) 1976 Newport Art Festival, Rhode Island (with Sam Hunter) Locksley/Shea Gallery, Minneapolis (with Cy Twombly) 1984 University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (with Alan Saret) 1993 Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (with Donald Judd) 1997-98 Cheim & Read, New York (with Joan Mitchell) Selected Public Collections • Albright - Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York • Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio • American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. , New York, New York • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois • The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati, Marfa, Texas • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas • The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan • Dia Art Foundation, New York, New York • The Douglas Cramer Foundation, Los Angeles, California • Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, Los Angeles, California • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy • General Mills, Minneapolis, Minnesota • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C • IBM • IVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia, Spain • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida • Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, Kentucky • Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California • The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden • Museé National D’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France • Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany • Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany • Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California • The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York • The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. • The Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri • The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York • Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida • Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida • The Refco Collection, Chicago, Illinois • Rivendell Collection, Richard and Marieluise Black Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale - on - Hudson, New York • The Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York • Southwestern Bell, Saint Louis, Missouri • Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach, Germany • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands • Tate Gallery, London, Great Britain • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota • Warner Brothers • Washington University Gallery of Art, Saint Louis, Missouri • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

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