Collecting Our Thoughts: John Chamberlain’s Soave de Boner

Beaverbrook Art GalleryDecember 11, 20160 Comments

Collecting Our Thoughts: John Chamberlain’s Soave de Boner

John Chamberlain (American, 1927-2011) was an influential sculptor and a central contributor to international contemporary art. Alongside fellow American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chamberlain helped bridge the generations of 1950s abstract expressionism and 1960s pop art. Chamberlain’s well-known sculptures of crushed automobiles truly epitomize this epoch. Prints such as Soave de Boner, acquired by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2015, reflect the artist’s desire to translate the raw energy found in his sculpture to the world of two-dimensional art. The work is purposefully monochromatic and is a deliberate departure from the typically loud and polychromatic finish of his sculpture.

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Collecting our thoughts is an occasional series of short reflections on works in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection. We want to share some of the treasures we have in the building (and on display) with our guests and members of our community, and tell you a little about why we think they’re special – and hopefully you’ll agree!

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