Larry Gagosian: John Chamberlain ‘Embodied the Fierceness of Mid-Century American Art’

The day after sculptor John Chamberlain died at the age of 84, gallerist Larry Gagosian, who began representing the artist earlier this year, released a statement, which reads as follows:

“John Chamberlain made an indelible mark on the history of art in the twentieth century. He was a spectacular, roaring figure who embodied the fierceness of mid-century American art and who was unparalleled in his adaptation of unlikely materials for his sculptures. His influence will be long reaching, and his death is a great loss. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Those looking to spend some time with a Chamberlain sculpture in the New York area can head to the Museum of Modern Art’s fourth-floor permanent collection galleries, where the artist’s 1965 Tomahawk Nolan is now on view, not far from a classic Lee Bontecou piece. (An aside: the two artists were in two group shows together at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1961.) A trove of Mr. Chamberlain’s work is also on view at Dia:Beacon, in Beacon, N.Y.

Larry Gagosian: John Chamberlain ‘Embodied the Fierceness of Mid-Century American Art’