John Chamberlain, 22 variously titled works in painted and chromium-plated steel (detail), 1972-1982.

John Chamberlain

Various works, 1968–1983

The installation of 25 works by John Chamberlain is located in the former Marfa Wool and Mohair Building in the center of Marfa. The building was architecturally adapted by Donald Judd and installed by Chamberlain and Judd. Some of the exhibited works (Falfurrias through Glasscock-Notrees and Panna Normanna) are from a group of ten sculptures constructed on a ranch near Amarillo, Texas, between 1972 and 1975 and are loosely named after towns and counties throughout the state. The works were purchased by the Dia Art Foundation and given to the Chinati Foundation in 1986.

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The collection contains the following pieces:

Bushland-Marsh III, 19721973
Chili Terlingua, 19721974
Falfurrias (Marshmellow), 1972
Glasscock-Notrees, 19721974
International 500, 19721973
Iraan Crocket, 19721975
Panna Normanna, 1972
Papalote Goliad, 19721975
Tapawingo, 1972
I, Mencius, 1975
Patino Nuevo, 1975
Folded Nude, 1978
Abba Funn, 1979
Four Polished Nails, 1979
Roxanne Loup, 1979
Small Monument to a Swiss Monument, 19791982
Tongue Pictures, 1979
Zia Lightnin’ Field Forever, 1979
Broken Toe, 1980-1981
Dumb Name (One for Maurice), 19801981
Kunststecher, 1977
Gondola Ezra Pound, 1982
Gondola William Carlos Williams, 1982
Barge Marfa, 1983
The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, 1968

John Chamberlain was born in 1927 in Rochester, Indiana, and died on December 21, 2011, in New York. Major exhibitions include: John Chamberlain: Choices (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); John Chamberlain: Foam Sculptures 19661979 and Photographs 19892005, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (200506); Papier Paradisio. Drawings, Collages, Reliefs, Paintings 19652005, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2005); John Chamberlain: Current Work and Fond Memories. Sculptures and Photographs 19671995, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1996); John Chamberlain: Sculpture 19541985, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1986); John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (197172).