John Chamberlain: Couches & Related sculpture: 1967-1971

Prototype for Couch, ca. 1970
urethane foam, canvas and parachute
29 x 85 x 81 inches

Although John Chamberlain is now so well known for his metal sculpture that his name is synonomous with those works, in the late 1960s he made brilliant sculptures of urethane foam.  One day Chamberlain cut a large sculpture in half and turned it into a couch for Donald Judd.  He went on to put a more formal couch into production in Italy.   Several prototypes were made--all hand carved by Chamberlain, using two butcher's knives, from large blocks of foam--of which this is one. 

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