Toy

A work made of steel, paint, and plastic.
© 2018 Fairweather / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of steel, paint, and plastic.

Date:

1961

Artist:

John Chamberlain
American, 1927–2011

About this artwork

John Chamberlain began to make abstract sculptures— both wall-mounted and freestanding—of painted, compressed automotive parts in the 1950s. Skillfully combining the vigorous gestures of Abstract Expressionism with the playful use of found materials and compositions of Dada and Surrealism, the artist took previously cast-off pieces of sheet metal and then crimped, bent, and cut the usually unyielding material into an imposing form. Toy is atypical in its incorporation of a Slip n’ Slide (a plastic waterslide first introduced in 1961); the work slyly suggests a classical relief and the motif of drapery.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

John Angus Chamberlain

Title

Toy

Origin

United States

Date

1961

Medium

Steel, paint, and plastic

Dimensions

136 x 98 x 77.5 cm (53 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 30 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William Hokin

Reference Number

1969.809

Copyright

© 2018 Fairweather / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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