Selections from the Historic 1971 Chamberlain Catalogue Reissued as E-book
The Guggenheim Museum hosted John Chamberlain's first major museum show in 1971, and its accompanying catalogue was also the first publication dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the artist's diverse body of work. In honor of the current exhibition, John Chamberlain: Choices, the museum is offering select content from the rare John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition as an e-book, available for free download through the Guggenheim Store. Available in EPUB format for reading on iPhones, iPads, and other portable devices, the reissue offers a scholarly essay and extended interview, providing early insight into the artist's work, process, and inspiration.
In the introductory essay, former Guggenheim curator Diane Waldman surveys the artist's diverse influences and examines his explorations in material, highlighting his ability to hew a sense of order and beauty out of the apparent chaos of crushed automobiles and discarded steel. In the accompanying interview, artist Donald Judd and former Art in America editor Elizabeth C. Baker join Waldman and Chamberlain in a free-ranging conversation about sculpture, material, color, and artistic motivation.
The downloadable excerpts from John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition are being offered as part of the Guggenheim's ongoing mission to digitize notable, timely, and in-demand works from the museum's publication archives. Chosen to provide affordable access to out-of-print titles, particularly with students in mind, many of these digitized essays and books—ranging from in-depth examinations of Russian art to an illustrated children's book about the Guggenheim—are already available in the e-book section of the online store.
An overview of the artist's long relationship with the Guggenheim can be found in the Syllabus—a regularly updated guide exploring historical themes, topics, and trends in the Guggenheim's publication archives. A starting point for understanding Chamberlain and his legacy, including the full-length, flip-through version of Waldman's 1971 catalogue, the resources in the Syllabus chronicle the life and work of the influential artist, who passed away in December of last year as the current Guggenheim retrospective, on view until May 13, was being planned.
In addition, the richly illustrated catalogue John Chamberlain: Choices was recently released to accompany the current retrospective. With more than 200 full-color illustrations, the catalogue surveys Chamberlain's lifetime of work and includes essays by Guggenheim curator Susan Davidson, art critic Dave Hickey, and Whitney Museum of American Art curator Donna De Salvo, among others.