The Collection of Margo Leavin

Trumpery Praxis

Trumpery Praxis
painted and chromium-plated steel, in two parts
126 x 69 x 46 in. (320 x 175.3 x 116.8 cm.)
Executed in 1984.
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York
Georges Marciano, Los Angeles
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 9 November 2005, lot 329
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
J. Sylvester, John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture 1954-1985, New York, 1986, pp. 210-211, no. 772 (illustrated).
New York, Area, Art, May-June 1985.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, John Chamberlain: Sculpture 1954 - 1985, July-October 1986.
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, John Chamberlain, June-August 1988.
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, Sculpture, February-March 2011.
Los Angeles, Margo Leavin Gallery, Celebrating Hilldale, 1984 - 1995, September-October 2011.

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Lot Essay

"I wasn't interested in the car parts per se, I was interested in either the color or the shape or the amount. I didn't want engine parts, I didn't want wheels, upholstery, glass, oil, tires, rubber, lining, what somebody'd left in the car when they dumped it, dashboards, steering wheels, shafts, rear ends, muffler systems, transmissions, fly wheels, none of that. Just the sheet metal." (J. Chamberlain, quoted in: J. Sylvester, John Chamberlain, a Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture 1954-1985, New York 1986, p. 15).

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