Crushed Car Parts by John Chamberlain

Come to the Guggenheim from now till May 13, 2012 to see a “Choices,” an amazing retrospective of the late sculptor John Chamberlain. Known for his colorful sculptures, Chamberlain was able to transform crushed car parts into extraordinarily fascinating works of art. The exhibition will feature 100 works that span 60 years and includes works made of foam, Plexiglas, paper and foil.

The New York Times has a good article about the show. Here’s an excerpt:

“The show's subtitle, ‘Choices,’ reinforces this sense of control. It refers to a quotation from Mr. Chamberlain: ‘Some seem to think that I work with found pieces, but I don't. They're chosen, you see.’

But the retrospective also confirms many things we already know, or suspect, about Mr. Chamberlain: That he was an ace colorist, who used the scrap yard as his palette. That he made deforming big chunks of automobiles look as easy as crushing a soda can or scrunching up a piece of paper. That the suggestion of sudden violence, whether car generated or not, gives his art much of its power.”

John Chamberlain Choices website

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