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John Chamberlain's 'Curvatureromance' In Munich

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Although the art world is ready to embrace a new generation of enthusiasts, artists, and collectors, there is simultaneously an aspect of rediscovery of art by those of the generations that cemented abstraction and introduced Pop, including recent works by John Chamberlain, Jasper Johns, and Ellsworth Kelly.

In a season of surprises, the art of 84-year-old American sculptor Chamberlain has experienced an exceptional resurgence. After a series of high profile exhibitions, most notably at Pace Gallery and Gagosian Gallery, which were accompanied by a successful auction season, Chamberlain's work has never been in greater demand.

Perpetuating this success across the pond, Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne in conjunction with the Museum Brandhorst are launching their "American Summer" series with "Curvatureromance," an exhibition of 12 recent works by Chamberlain. This is the first time these large-format steel sculptures have been presented in a museum context.

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Chamberlain began creating works out of scrapped metal car parts which he found in the backyard of his friend and fellow artist, Larry Rivers. With these works, Chamberlain has altered the visual and conceptual landscape of modernist sculpture. Chamberlain's practice of contorting and compressing these colored car parts into sculptures which vary in form from the almost figurative and ethereal to objects of tremendous girth and gravity. Constraining and manipulating a practical apparatus, Chamberlain renders his own radically different conception of industrial design. With the largest of the sculptures extending upwards of 15 feet, audiences are forced to address the notion of density so crucial to the artist's work.

Coined by Chamberlain himself, the title "Curvatureromance" is intended to evoke the presence of pulsating bodies, of dancers looming in the shadows and the powerful eroticism of steel associated with Americana. Chamberlain remains a unique figure within the context of contemporary art; his neo-Cubist sculptures are at once delicate, romantic, physically powerful and completely visually arresting.

"American Summer" opens with Chamberlain: CURVATUREROMANCE on July 8 and continues through the fall.

JOHN CHAMBERLAIN. CURVATUREROMANCE
Sammlung Moderne Kunst
Pinakothek der Moderne
08.07. -23.10.2011

DONALD JUDD. A GOOD CHAIR IS A GOOD CHAIR
Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum Munich
Pinakothek der Moderne
15.07. -09.10.2011

LINE AND SPACE.
AMERICAN DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE SINCE 1960 FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
Pinakothek der Moderne
28.07. -25.09.2011