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In the seven years between 1958 and 1965, John Chamberlain continually developed and changed his sculptural styles. Phases of this stylistic development require critical appraisal. Chamberlain's constant changing must be understood as the thread which connects each of his works to the whole of his effort. Chamberlain is controversial in that his work welcomes it, not controversial in that a debate, though invited, has not come.

Chamberlains evolution in form and color is not necessarily representative of the developments of his contemporaries. He is an individual, not a show-piece for the whole. By considering Chamberlain, critical research pays the present its due and gives concern to a figure worthy of controversy. Although timeliness alone provides no proof of importance, timely understanding may. Hopefully, to catch a man in mid-stride is to understand partially his action.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

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Douglas R. George

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Robert Ellis