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John Chamberlain (1927-2011)
Toobucktim
painted and chrome-plated steel
72 3/4 x 33 x 33 in. (184.8 x 83.8 x 83.8 cm.)
Executed in 1987.
Provenance
Craig Cornelius Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1988

Lot Essay

Shaping his objet trouvé according to their innate structural properties, Chamberlain fashioned the steel and chrome into a kinetic "field" of elements, further cutting and torquing his chosen materials in line with accident and chance to reveal the inherent tensions that hold together the forms taking shape. The intrinsic beauty of Toobucktim derives in part from this split in perception between the poise and grandeur of the unitary form and its individuated derelict elements, which Chamberlain resolves into a correspondence of visceral energy and curvilinear fluidity.

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