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John Chamberlain

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Tiny Piece #1, 1961
Painted and chromium-plated steel, 16.5 x 25.4 x 22.9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
2012.36
© John Chamberlain, by SIAE 2012


Like a three-dimensional collagist, Chamberlain assembled, bent and compacted colored sheets of steel and other metals from automobiles or, as seems to be the case here, from a manufactured domestic object. Tiny Piece #1 represents or narrates nothing; it is inherently poetic—the artist’s personal choice in selecting the parts he felt “fit” together, determining the aesthetically carefully balanced, outcome: “Some seem to think that I work with found pieces, but I don’t. They’re chosen, you see […] there has been a lot of magic implied in the choice.”

credits: Hangar Design Group