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Vandam Billy

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Vandam Billy

Artist: John Chamberlain (American, 1927 - 2011)
Date: 1981
Medium: painted and chromium-plated steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 65 x 42 x 68 in. (165.1 x 106.7 x 172.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1987.9
Accession number: 1987.9.a-.b
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:ARS
Label TextAlthough he has explored different materials in sculpture, Chamberlain’s automobile-derived sculptures remain his signature works. The car is seen by many as the epitome of American pop culture, and by appropriating it as both subject and medium, Chamberlain aligns himself with Pop Art. Like other Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist, Chamberlain is interested in blurring the boundaries between art and life. Crushed, wrecked, or discarded cars are familiar to us as urban refuse, but even welded and reformed, these materials are surprising to see in a museum setting.
Exhibition History"The Abstract Tradition in American Art," Des Moines Art Center, Dec. 7, 1991 - Feb. 23, 1992
Published ReferencesAN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.78, color ill. pp.78 & 79

DMAC News, Nov./Dec. 1992, p.6
entirely unexpected