John Chamberlain . Sinkopeefeast

Born in Rochester, Indiana in 1927, John Chamberlain studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Black Mountain School in Virginia where he encountered some of the most important artistic and literary figures of his time. In 1956 he moved to New York where a seminal group of young artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns created new maxims in contemporary-art practice. Early on, he found his own language, transforming the gesture of painting into his own revolutionary form of sculptural expression, using everyday and appropriated materials. Chamberlain’s eclectic interests and use of materials has always eluded association with artistic movements. It comes as no surprise that he has been linked to the prevailing movements of the day such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

With over 100 solo shows and two retrospectives, in 1971 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 1986 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Chamberlain continues to define contemporary sculpture making. His two largest permanent installations to date can be seen at the Chinati Foundation in Texas and at Dia Beacon in Upstate New York. The artist lives on Shelter Island, New York.

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