in New York, NY / United States
05.09.2019 - 19.10.2019 00:00
John Chamberlain - Baby Tycoons

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to host a special presentation of work by John Chamberlain, featuring a selection of small-scale sculptures from the artist’s “Baby Tycoons” series. “Baby Tycoons” is one of several series of miniature works that punctuates the grandeur and formalism of Chamberlain’s larger sculptural pursuits. Alongside earlier small-scale series, “Baby Tycoons” articulates the instinctually playful spirit with which Chamberlain approached material and process at every scale. Masterfully manipulated from automobile scrap-metals, B”aby Tycoons” possesses all the complexity and power of its larger counterparts. As Chamberlain himself remarks, ‘if the scale is dealt with then the size has nothing to do with it.’

In 1988, Chamberlain fashioned what would become the first work in the “Baby Tycoons” series from the bountiful scrap material that collected in his studio. This initial effort led to a remarkable series of sculptures. BEAUNEHEAD (1995), NEFARIOUS CLEAVAGE (2004), and DIETTELEPHONE (2007) communicate a distinct playfulness and elegance in their artistic equilibrium – a perfect ‘fit’ as he called it. Chamberlain continued to make these gem-like miniatures throughout his lifetime. The “Baby Tycoons” have not been the subject of an exhibition in over fifteen years.

In advance of Hauser & Wirth’s major New York exhibition in 2020 dedicated to Chamberlain’s prolific oeuvre, this intimate presentation of “Baby Tycoons” will feature works from the Estate’s collection as well as loans from important private collections. This will mark Hauser & Wirth’s first New York presentation of the artist’s work since announcing the exclusive worldwide representation of the John Chamberlain Estate in May 2019.

Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10 am – 6 pm


Hauser & Wirth New York
32 East 69th Street
10021 New York, NY
United States


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