A first glimpse into the studio of an art world giant

A first glimpse into the studio of an art world giant


By Sarah Medford | Photograph by Adrian Gaut for the WSJ. Review

THE LIMPS from abroad was small and nondescript. Inside, bubble-wrapped bundles of foil were twisted into arcs and circles, some sprouting multi-pronged feet. Toys for children? A drug dealer joke? “The customs officers opened the box and unpacked the films and said, ‘Hey, what’s in this?’ said Prudence Fairweather, the recipient of the 2012 delivery. Inside were original models of large-scale sculptures made by her late husband, John Chamberlain, who had shaped them by hand. They were going to a retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. “We lost quite a few,” she said.

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