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John Chamberlain’s Sculptures of Crushed Cars

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The Choices exhibit at the The Guggenheim shows the six decades of John Chamberlain’s art. Chamberlain, who died last December at the age of 84, mostly used junk cars sent through the crusher to create his sculptures, like The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea from 1983 you can see above.


On The Guggenheim’s site about the exhibit, Chamberlain is referred to as “the artist who successfully translated Abstract Expressionism into three dimensions”, and you cannot help but wonder that while his colorful blocks of car parts look pretty good, making them must have been even more fun than looking at them in a museum. Like how Jackson Pollock must have had a killer time as he spent hour after lonely hour on Long Island, pacing around his giant canvases with a stick and a can of paint.

Choices will be on display until May 13, 2012.

Photo Credit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Raphael Orlove

Saw this show at the Guggenheim. No pictures allowed, but it was really great seeing the sculptures and how his style refined over the years.