Art Gallery


John Chamberlain
 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

1927 Born April 16, in Rochester, Indiana.
1943 Joins the U.S. Navy
1943-46 Serves in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and Mediterranean.
1951-52 Attends School of Art Institute of Chicago.
1955-56 Attends Black Mountain College, North Carolina. Meets poets Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
1956 Moves to New York. Marries Elaine Grulkowski.
1957 First one-person exhibition, Wells Street Gallery, Chicago.
  First sculpture made from auto-body parts: Shortstop.
1958 Exhibits with Joseph Fiore, Davida Gallery, New York.
1959 Takes part in Recent Sculpture U.S.A., Museum of Modern Art, New York; and in The Enormous Room, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
1960 Exhibits at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
  Takes part in Le Nouveau Réalisme, Galerie Rive Droite, Paris; New Forms New Media I and II, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
1961 Takes part in São Paulo Biennale; The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1962 Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco.
1963 Exhibits at Pace Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts; Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco.
  Takes part in Sculptors of Our Time, Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C.
1964 Exhibits at Ileana Sonnabend, Paris; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.
  Takes part in the XXXII Biennale de Venise; Recent American Sculpture, Jewish Museum, New York; Painting and Sculpture of a Decade,
  The Tate Gallery, London; The Classic Spirit in Twentieth- Century Art, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
1965 Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Exhibits with Allan D'Arcangelo, Rudolf Zwirner, Gallery, Cologne.
  Takes part in Seven Sculptors, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Painting and Sculpture Today, Herron Museum of Art, Indiana.
1966 Teaches graduate students at the University of New Mexico. Receives a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
  Makes a series of fiber-glass sculptures. Begins first instant sculptures made of urethane. Exhibits at Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles.
  Takes part in Art of the United States: 1670-1966, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Contemporary American Sculpture: Selection I, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1967 Exhibits at Cleveland Museum of Art; Rudolf Zwirner Gallery, Cologne; Heiner Friedrich, Munich.
1967-68 Makes galvanized-steel sculptures. Makes films: Wedding Night, Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, Wide Point.
1968 Takes part in Sammlung Hahn: Zeitgenössische Kunst, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne.
1969 Exhibits at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles.
  Takes part in Painting and Sculpture Today-1969, Indianapolis Museum of Art.
1970 Makes plexiglass sculptures in Los Angeles.
  Exhibits at Lo Guidice Gallery, Chicago.
  Takes part in The Highway, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Monumental Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1971 John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.
  Takes part in Prospect '71, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf.
1972 Makes Texas Pieces at the Stanley March III ranch, Amarillo, Texas.
  Exhibits with Peter Alexander, Taft Museum, Cincinnati. Takes part in American Art Since 1945, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art.
1973 Death of Elaine Chamberlain in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.
  Takes part in American Art 1948-1973, Seattle Art Museum; New York. Collection for Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
1973-74 Exhibits Texas Pieces, Dag Hammerskjold Plaza Sculpture Garden, New York.
1974 Resumes work with auto-body parts. Exhibits at Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago.
  Takes part in Poets of the Cities New York and San Francisco 1950-1965, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Inaugural Exhibition, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.
1975 Exhibition: John Chamberlain: Recent Sculptures, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Saint Louis Botanical Gardens, Missouri; Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
  Exhibits at: the Ronald Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri; James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles.
  Takes part inSculptures of the 60s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
1976 Exhibits at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Exhibits with Cy Twombly, Locksley-Shea Gallery, Minneapolis.
1977 Receives a second Guggenheim fellowship.
  Marries Lorraine Belcher in New York.
  Exhibitions: View from the Cockpit, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles;
  John Chamberlain: An Exhibition of Sculpture 1959-1962, The Mayor Gallery, London. Exhibits at Heiner Friedrich, Inc., New York.
  Takes part in Pop Plus, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
1978 Exhibits at Heiner Friedrich, Inc., Cologne.
1979 Exhibits at Kunsthalle, Bern.
  Takes part in Auto Icons, Whithney Museum of American Art, New York.
1980 Moves to Sarasota, Florida.
  Exhibits at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
  Takes part in Reliefs/Formprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur in 20 Jahrhundert, Kunsthaus, Zurich;
  Faszination des Objekts, Museum Moderner Kunst Wien, Vienna.
1982 Deliquescence, a commissioned sculpture, is installed at the campus of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
  Extended exhibition organized by the Dia Art Foundation at: 67 Vestry St., New York (until 1985); and an outdoor exhibition, Chamberlain Gardens, Essex, Connecticut (until 1984).
  Takes part in Documenta 7, Kassel, West Germany.
1983 Exhibition: John Chamberlain Reliefs 1960-1982, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.
  Exhibits at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Robert L. Kidd Galleries, Birmingham, Michigan; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Art Museum of the Pecos, Marfa, Texas.
1984 American Tableau is installed at the Seagram Plaza in New York. Exhibitions at Xavier Fourcade, New York; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Rudolf Zwirner Gallery, Cologne; Helen Van der Meij Gallery, Amsterdam; and at The Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid.
  Exhibits with Alan Saret, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  Takes part in Experiment Sammlung I: Une Collection Imaginaire, Kunst Museum, Winterthur; La Rime et la Raison: Les Collections Menil, Grand Palais, Paris; Ein Anderes Klima, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf.
1985 Exhibits at Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles.
  Takes part in Transformations in Sculpture: Four Decades of American and European Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
1986 First series of monoprints: Litany of Ka.
  Retrospective exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles.
1987 Two new series of monoprints: Tooth of Sun, and Hand Carved Ivory.
  Exhibits at Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York.
1988 Two new series of monoprints: Salty Water, and Fan Mail.
  Exhibits at the Sonia Zannettacci Gallery, Geneva.