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Artist: John Chamberlain, American, 1927–2011

Hawthorne

1959

Painted metal

40.64 × 55.245 × 27.94 cm (16 × 21 3/4 × 11 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection
2008.19.124

From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:

In the late 1950s, John Chamberlain began to work with his distinctive material of crushed automobile parts, reassembling the metal forms into torqued, gestural sculptures. While many of his works are large in scale, this piece, from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, is small in size, inviting close looking and prompting intimate engagement rather than a monumental confrontation. A similarly sized untitled sculpture by Chamberlain from 1962 was the first work that the Vogels purchased as a couple.

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Martha Jackson Gallery, NY, 1/11/60

Bibliography: 

Eighty Works from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1961), 8, no. 10.

Art of the 50’s and 60’s: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exh. cat. (Ridgefield, Conn.: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 1965), no. 16, ill.

The Machine in Art, exh. cat. (Bridgeport, Conn.: Museum of Art, Science & Industry, 1965), 4, no. 4.

Small Works: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection of Contemporary Art, exh. cat. (Providence: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1973), 28–29, no. 20, ill.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 223.

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