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Paris Photo 2019 : John Chamberlain / Galerie Karsten Greve


The Karsten Greve Gallery presents Photographs, an exhibition devoted to the photographic work of John Chamberlain, a major artist of 20th century American art who, with his metallic works, realized through a mechanical crushing process, has revolutionized contemporary art. Known since the 1960s for his sculptures from compressed car bodies, which he began to make in 1958, John Chamberlain is one of the key figures in contemporary art, halfway between the gestural energy of Expressionism Abstract and the consumerist euphoria of Pop Art. With his works, resulting from a work of compression, cutting, coloring and editing of different pieces, John Chamberlain has upset the world of contemporary sculpture: he gives the materials of everyday life an artistic status, in an aesthetic perspective close to ready-made dadaist. Chamberlain uses the debris of the auto industry, protagonist of much of the industrial history of the United States and especially its bankruptcy, as well as foreign tools to the world of plastic arts to create an erotic beauty, vibrant colors . Although his sculptures have contributed greatly to his fame, Chamberlain has experimented...

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