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A look at the life of American artist who was best known for his vibrant sculptures made from mangled cars.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 4 january 2012


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This article titled “John Chamberlain obituary” was written by Michael McNay, for The Guardian on Monday 2nd January 2012 16.26 UTC

Crashing into his studio one night in 1962, more than a little drunk, John Chamberlain glared at a piece of compressed car body that constituted one of his potential sculptural masterpieces. It hung on a wall, recalcitrantly failing to conform to his expectations. Chamberlain picked up a sledgehammer and hurled it at the sculpture. The hammer smashed through the metal and buried itself so deeply that only three inches of the shaft protruded. “All the pieces went chink, chink, chink,” Chamberlain said afterwards. The masterpiece was completed, Chamberlain christened it Dolores James and now it is part of the Guggenheim Museum collection on Fifth Avenue, New York.

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