Mark Borghi Fine Art

John Chamberlain

Penthouse

OMB000419

Penthouse

1969

 

Watercolor on paper and resin
6 x 4 x 6 inches (15.2 x 10.2 x 15.2 cm)

 

Ex-collection:
Acquired directly from the artist
Ed Moses 2012
Mark Borghi Fine Art
Private collection until 2012 until 2017

 

In 1969, fascinated with the childhood practice of blowing up paper bags and popping them, Chamberlain became intrigued by the possibility of capturing this act in freeze-frame. Named after his living quarters at the time—a penthouse apartment in Manhattan—the Penthouse series appear as delicate and feminine as roses, frozen by the resin that Chamberlain carefully dripped into their creases both to preserve their materiality and to increase their weight and solidity