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24 July – 4 October. Tues - Sun, 10am – 5.30pm
John Chamberlain, It Ain't Cheap, 1965. Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. © John Chamberlain/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), NEw York. Photo: Bill Jacobson. Courtesy Dia Foundation, New York.
25 July – 4 October 2015
Preview: Friday 24 July, 6- 8pm
Inverleith House is delighted to present the very first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by the great American artist John Chamberlain (1927–2011). Best known for creating vibrantly coloured, dynamic metal sculptures made from salvaged materials and car parts, Chamberlain’s brilliance and originality as a sculptor illuminated a career spanning six decades. He plays a pivotal role in the art of modern times and increasingly through his influence on younger generations of artists.
Displayed in the light-filled rooms of Inverleith House, the exhibition also extends into the Garden’s landscaped grounds and features key works by Chamberlain from earlier, assembled metal sculptures to his most recent, created from thin, twisted metal foil. Seen in the context of a garden, the exhibition accentuates the physicality of Chamberlain’s work, its affinity with the human form and its surprisingly natural, organic qualities.
Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana, and grew up in Chicago. Having served in the U.S. Navy he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Black Mountain College, before moving to New York City in 1956 where he continued to live and work. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide and is represented in many public collections including the Dia Art Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
The exhibition can be seen in the context of previous solo exhibitions at Inverleith House by many other great American artists including Lawrence Weiner, Robert Rauschenberg and Philip Guston.
John Chamberlain is organised with the support of the Dia Foundation, New York. The exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Estate of John Chamberlain and Gagosian Gallery. With thanks to the Henry Moore Foundation.