New York

John Chamberlain

Brooke Alexander

Among contemporary sculptors John Chamberlain is an American master, whose best work is made by crushing and bending junkyard automobile parts. While he has pretty much stuck to the course outlined by his earliest pieces from the ’50s, he has also found ways to remain an inventive and forceful presence.

Rather than rejecting the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, Chamberlain transformed its possibilities into a sculptural mode. In almost every discussion of his work, critics have pointed to the relationship between his sculptures and Willem de Kooning’s paintings. In the work of each man a ragged, improvisational approach counterpoints a firm. yet elegant touch, a slashing gestural motion coexists with delicate color and a lyrical expressivity, and the spaces defined comprise bent and overlapping marks or forms.

Given that Chamberlain was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, and that he has

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