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Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 5-7 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard-copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

GRINCH-TIME #1

May 8, 2012

Tags: John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain, Whirled Peas, 1991. Painted, chromium-plated, and stainless steel. 139 1/2 x 75 x 48 1/2 inches. Private Collection. Installation view: "John Chamberlain: Choices," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 24 - May 13, 2012. (c) 2011 John Chamberlain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
For the past 8 or 9 entries, I've been all sweetness & light. Now it's time for some negativity. No other website is going to set up a link to this review, but in my twisted way, I feel it's important to survey the whole scene or at least a representative cross-section of it, and in this & my next 2 entries I shall be reviewing 3 museum shows that I feel have been OVERRATED. So go ahead, call me the Grinch that stole Christmas.

First on my list is “John Chamberlain: Choices,” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, organized by Susan Davidson, and including approximately 100 works, predominantly sculpture made from (more…)