May 5th – July 8th , 2011 Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street I think of my art materials not as junk but as garbage. Manure, actually; it goes from being the waste material of one being to the life-source of another. —John Chamberlain
Chamberlain is best known for his distinctive metal sculptures constructed from discarded automobile-body parts and other modern industrial detritus, which he began making in the late 1950s. His singular method of putting these elements together led to his inclusion in the paradigmatic exhibition “The Art of Assemblage,” at the Museum of Modern Art in 1961, where his work was shown alongside modern masters such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.
Gagosian Gallery is now the worldwide representative of John Chamberlain and are having an exhibition of new sculptures by him presented concurrently at the 24th Street gallery in New York and the Britannia Street gallery in London.
Plates are a rather convenient way to display art, somewhere between ceramic – for the most part, though metals are possible – and painting. Ceramics are in vogue anyway, and as functional objects go, plates are easy to display. In ascending order of price, here are three recent initiatives which have stepped up to the plate:
Despite the wealth of museums and galleries worldwide exhibiting Picasso, the Royal Academy of Arts has managed to create an exhibition which looks at the maestro’s work with fresh eyes. Picasso and Paper features over 300 works