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Old 12-21-2011, 10:04 PM
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RIP John Chamberlain

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/ar...l?pagewanted=2

He was the first to "mangle" the steel - surpassed the mere cutting and fabbing and assembling. He managed magnificently the incidents of color and reflectiveness as it perseveres beyond said mangling. Its a dirty mind that conjures images of violence and car crashes (or a very lazy mind). Artfolk should all scrunch their drained beer can in his honor tonight - even the painters. I'm too tired and sore to launch into a proper rant about the importance of this fellow's work. Tomorrow. Count on it.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:30 AM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

I'm not crazy about a lot of the Ab Ex or Modernist sculptors - but Chamberlain has always been my guilty pleasure. I'll kick my tires and throw back one for him tonight.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:02 AM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

I have always loved his work, crushing metal with those huge presses, man! RIP JC
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:08 PM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

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I'm not crazy about a lot of the Ab Ex or Modernist sculptors
This is the trouble with classification, compartmentalization, grouping and historical determination. As scrutinizing folk who are diligently and sincerely assessing the significance of widely varying works of art and distantly different aesthetic priorities, it becomes too easy to allow a perfectly well considered and original view to "bleed" into the consideration of artists who have been historically "teamed" with that artist. It ruins all the hard work. EACH individual artist requires (and maybe deserves) the same amount of unprejudiced consideration. The writers have given us nothing more than their "greatest hits" surveys...and, like suckers, we judge and evaluate artists by their period, era, decade, trend, flash-in-the-pan. When the back-tracking assessments of an artist include any of his/her peers there is no hope of making the best possible connection to that artists work. The word "Influence" has been nothing but creative 20/20 hindsight. And some damned good writers have subverted their talents, sold their soul to art criticism, to connect dots that were never really there.

Every age has always had some variation of their Duchamp, their Hopper, their Hirst, their Cage, their Picasso.......as well as the other end: their tradesmen, their celebrities, their craftsmen, charlatans, commericialists, illustrators, clock-punchers, idiot savants, enfant terrible's, rebel-rousers...and so on.

Chamberlain was quite always in his own territory; not a real steel guy because of the fact that he was working with the THIN-ness of car bodies and chromed bumpers and, to an equal degree COLOR! So there was NO precedent for what he was doing, it was a NEW material altogether. And artists who have done the work of advancing themselves significantly are always doing things that have never been done before (such nuance and subtlty is not always apparent to reviewers of art). And those artists are NOT engaging in these things simply because the wanted to, but because they actually had the nerve to see their original thought THROUGH (and quite extend it).

If chamberlain ended-up a colorist more than a sculptor, fine - it always seemed more intellectual than physical anyways. A determined and hopeful viewer of art will NOT be looking for convenient places (categories, eras, trends) to PUT the artists they regard, they will be doing the rewarding work of EXTRACTING them OUT of those puttings.

I told you all it was coming.

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Old 12-22-2011, 07:46 PM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

This is where he ended up...from a show at Pace last year. Go ahead, ask me what I think about color on sculpture (If you think you can take it).
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:28 AM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

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artists who have done the work of advancing themselves significantly are always doing things that have never been done before D
Can't be said enough.

Thanks Matt
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:09 PM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

Don't know if i've seen any of his work in person. Does he have a piece at Grounds for sculpture? Anyway this guy's work (from Pictures) makes me love sculpture.

The privet hedge is great.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:18 AM
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Re: RIP John Chamberlain

Still remember the school field trip to the LA County Museum of Art where his work caught my attention.

New show currently being installed at the Guggenheim New York opens Feb 24, 2012 www.guggenheim.org/new-york
If you have time, check out the works in the permanent collection at Dia:Beacon www.diacenter.org/sites/main/beacon
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:26 AM
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Hey E Thanks for the updates. The Guggenheim has been next on the "Hit List" for a few months. Hopefully good timing with the Chamberlain show.
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