various works, 1972-1983

The installation of John Chamberlain's 22 sculptures in painted and chromium-plated steel 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.

The collection of sculptures contains the following pieces:

Bushland-Marsh III, 1972-1973
Chili Terlingua, 1972-1974
Falfurrias (Marshmellow), 1972
Glasscock-Notrees, 1972-1974
International 500, 1972-1973
Iraan Crocket, 1972-1975
Panna Normanna, 1972
Papalote Goliad, 1972-1975
Tapawingo, 1972
I, Mencius, 1975
Patino Nuevo, 1975
Abba Funn, 1979
Four Polished Nails, 1979
Roxanne Loup, 1979
Small Monument to a Swiss Monument, 1979-1982
Tongue Pictures, 1979
Zia Lightnin' Field Forever, 1979
Broken Toe, 1980-1981
Dumb Name (One for Maurice), 1980-1981
Kunststecher, 1977
Gondola Ezra Pound, 1982
Gondola William Carlos Williams, 1982

John Chamberlain was born in 1927 in Rochester, Indiana, and died on December 21, 2011, in New York. Major exhibitions include: John Chamberlain: Foam Sculptures 1966-1979 and Photographs 1989-2005, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2005-6); Papier Paradisio. Drawings, Collages, Reliefs, Paintings 1965-2005, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2005); John Chamberlain: Current Work and Fond Memories. Sculptures and Photographs 1967-1995, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1996); John Chamberlain: Sculpture 1954-1985, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1986); John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1971-72).


Related reading

Chamberlain Building by Donald Judd

John Chamberlain: Foam sculptures (1966-1979); Photographs (1989-2004)

John Chamberlain Quotations