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Mnuchin Gallery is proud to present Chamberlain / de Kooning, an exhibition of sculptures by John Chamberlain and paintings by Willem de Kooning. While art historians have long noted Chamberlain’s close ties to Abstract Expressionism and the influence of de Kooning’s imagery on his work, this will be the first exhibition to focus specifically on the visual dialogue between Chamberlain’s oeuvre and de Kooning’s late paintings of the 1970s and ’80s. The exhibition will be on view from November 2, 2016 to January 28, 2017. It will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue authored by Dr. Pepe Karmel, with personal essays by Jim Jacobs and Robert Mnuchin.

Chamberlain’s sculpture famously translates the energy, gesture, and action-based processes of Abstract Expressionism into three-dimensional forms. Chamberlain was deeply influenced by the Abstract Expressionist painters, particularly de Kooning. He recalled discovering a group of de Kooning’s new paintings as early as 1950 while a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, and would go on to follow de Kooning’s work throughout his career, spending time with the artist at the Cedar Tavern during the late 1950s and attending his openings at the Fourcade Gallery through the 1980s. When viewed side by side in this exhibition, the deep affinities between the two artists’ works become truly apparent.

The exhibition brings together twelve sculptures by Chamberlain representing two distinct moments in his career. Works spanning from 1958 to 1964 illustrate the classic moment during which the artist inaugurates and masters the use of his signature medium of welded steel, including Nutcracker (1958), one of his very first examples in this medium. The later group of works hails from the mid-1970s, marking Chamberlain’s return to his use of automobile parts after a ten-year hiatus exploring other materials.

The seven de Kooning paintings in the exhibition similarly represent two iconic bodies of de Kooning’s late work. On view will be four major examples of de Kooning’s abstract landscape paintings from the 1970s, including Screams of Children Come from Seagulls (1975), in which the artist’s vibrating strokes of bright blues and flesh pinks evoke the sea, sand, and coastal light of East Hampton. Also on view will be a group of paintings from the 1980s, the final chapter of de Kooning’s career in which his richly impastoed canvases of the preceding decade are transformed into spare, luminous compositions in which ribbons of color ripple and curve across pale, ethereal backdrops. When seen alongside one another, the crevices contained in Chamberlain's crumpled sheets of painted enamel evoke the layered folds of color in de Kooning's canvases of the ’70s, while the gleaming, rounded curves of the sculptor's bent fenders echo the smoothly arcing lines of the painter's ’80s works. This exhibition celebrates the resounding resonance of color and energy between these sculptural and painterly forms.

Installations

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Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

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Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

Photography by Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. 

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Selected Works

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John Chamberlain

Nutcracker

1958

painted and chromium-plated steel

45 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 32 inches (115.6 x 110.5 x 81.3 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Untitled

1961

painted and printed tin-plated steel and paper on painted fiberboard

14 x 10 x 5 inches (35.6 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Arch Brown

1962

painted steel

37 x 38 x 29 inches (94 x 96.5 x 73.7 cm)

John Chamberlain

Silver Heels

1963

painted and chromium-plated steel

46 x 41 x 36 inches (116.8 x 104.1 x 91.4 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Miss Remember Ford

1964

painted, metal-flaked and chromium-plated steel

25 x 36 1/4 x 1/2 inches (63.5 x 92.1 x 77.5 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Spike

1964

painted and chromium-plated steel

34 7/8 x 28 x 25 inches (88.6 x 71.1 x 63.5 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Gold Rose

1974

painted and chromium-plated steel

44 x 50 x 49 inches (111.8 x 127 x 124.5 cm)

John Chamberlain

Sashimi Mendoza

1979

painted and chromium-plated steel

39 x 35 x 22 inches (99.1 x 88.9 x 55.9 cm) 

 

John Chamberlain

Hi Jinks

1979

painted and chromium-plated steel

41 x 36 1/2 x 20 inches (104.1 x 92.7 x 50.8 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Endzoneboogie

1988

painted and chome-plated steel

116 x 48 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches (294.6 x 123.2 x 123.3 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Screams of Children Come from Seagulls

1975

oil on canvas

77 x 88 inches (195.6 x 223.5 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled XXII

1977

oil on canvas

70 x 80 inches (177.8 x 203.2 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled

1977

oil on canvas

88 x 76 3/4 inches (223.5 x 194.9 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled VII

1982

oil on canvas

80 x 70 inches (203.2 x 177.8 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Nutcracker

1958

painted and chromium-plated steel

45 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 32 inches (115.6 x 110.5 x 81.3 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Untitled

1961

painted and printed tin-plated steel and paper on painted fiberboard

14 x 10 x 5 inches (35.6 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Arch Brown

1962

painted steel

37 x 38 x 29 inches (94 x 96.5 x 73.7 cm)

John Chamberlain

Silver Heels

1963

painted and chromium-plated steel

46 x 41 x 36 inches (116.8 x 104.1 x 91.4 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Miss Remember Ford

1964

painted, metal-flaked and chromium-plated steel

25 x 36 1/4 x 1/2 inches (63.5 x 92.1 x 77.5 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Spike

1964

painted and chromium-plated steel

34 7/8 x 28 x 25 inches (88.6 x 71.1 x 63.5 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Gold Rose

1974

painted and chromium-plated steel

44 x 50 x 49 inches (111.8 x 127 x 124.5 cm)

John Chamberlain

Sashimi Mendoza

1979

painted and chromium-plated steel

39 x 35 x 22 inches (99.1 x 88.9 x 55.9 cm) 

 

John Chamberlain

Hi Jinks

1979

painted and chromium-plated steel

41 x 36 1/2 x 20 inches (104.1 x 92.7 x 50.8 cm) 

John Chamberlain

Endzoneboogie

1988

painted and chome-plated steel

116 x 48 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches (294.6 x 123.2 x 123.3 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Screams of Children Come from Seagulls

1975

oil on canvas

77 x 88 inches (195.6 x 223.5 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled XXII

1977

oil on canvas

70 x 80 inches (177.8 x 203.2 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled

1977

oil on canvas

88 x 76 3/4 inches (223.5 x 194.9 cm) 

Willem de Kooning

Untitled VII

1982

oil on canvas

80 x 70 inches (203.2 x 177.8 cm) 

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