For a limited time, selections from the 1971 exhibition catalogue John Chamberlain: A Retrospective Exhibition are free to download through the Guggenheim Store. Available in EPUB format for reading on iPhones and iPads, the title was originally published on the occasion of John Chamberlain‘s first museum retrospective, held at the Guggenheim more than forty years ago, and reveals early insight into the artist’s work, process, and inspiration. The introductory essay, written by 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 reissued in electronic format 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. In addition, a full list of books and online resources related to Chamberlain, including the full-length, flip-through version of Waldman’s 1971 catalogue, 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, 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 John Chamberlain: Choices, on view until May 13, was being planned.
Photo: David Heald/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.