John Chamberlain came to New York in the late 1950s, a period when the art world was abuzz with energy and excitement. It was a time of larger-than-life luminaries such as Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, and Guston. It was in this climate that Chamberlain started making the sculpture for which he is best known today. Rooted in the ideas, process, and spontaneity of Abstract Expressionism, his work is constructed from discarded metal car parts found in the automobile graveyards of America. His work blossomed into unique and brilliantly colored forms and has made him one of the foremost American sculptors. Today, his work is in all major collections and museums.
On this program, we see two of his exhibitions at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery in SoHo and visit him in his Long Island home and studio. Also included are extended interviews with Chamberlain and art dealer Allen Stone, one of his earliest fans and collectors.
•Produced by ART/New York
•Directed by Paul Tschinkel
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