Stepdaughter of famous New York sculptor John Chamberlain jumps to her death from exclusive New York's apartment on 5th Avenue

•           Phoebe Fairweather, 23, was stepdaughter of late artist John Chamberlain
•           She jumped to her death from elite 800 5th Avenue in New York yesterday
•           Left family's Shelter Island home in June and appeared at NY apartment
•           Told family she was being watched by the FBI and had a device in her chest
The stepdaughter of a famous New York sculptor has jumped to her death from the 16th floor of her family's luxury apartment.
Phoebe Fairweather, 23, was spotted by passers-by with her legs hanging off the balcony on 5th Avenue yesterday before jumping and landing in the property's garden.
She is the stepdaughter of the late New York artist John Chamberlain, and was taken to hospital following the fall, but died from her injuries.
Police say Miss Fairweather had a history of mental instability and told relatives she believed that the FBI was watching her, and someone had put a device in her chest.
She had recently dropped out of Barnard College to pursue art and describes herself on a personal website as a New York artist who likes to 'take inspiration from her natural surroundings'.
Earlier in June, she disappeared from the family's home on Shelter Island and later appeared at the New York apartment, 800 5th Avenue, which is on one of the city's most prestigious blocks. The building belongs to the property dynasty family of disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
FedEx worker Gail Garcia, 48, said she tried to shout to Fairweather before she took the fatal plunge.
Phoebe is the stepdaughter of the late New York artist John Chamberlain, pictured with her mother Prudence. He died in 2011 but was internationally known for his sculptures
John Chamberlain, who died in 2011, was internationally known  for his sculptures from wrecked cars and exhibited at famous galleries including the Guggenheim and Dia: Beacon.
In the year of his death, his Nutcracker masterpiece (1958) from the Allan Stone Estate sold at auction for $4.7 million, more than twice its high $1.8 million estimate and a record price for the artist at auction.
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Born in Rochester, Indiana, he was the son of a saloonkeeper, raised mostly by his grandmother after his parents divorced. He spent much of his youth in Chicago, then served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, when he attended the Art Institute of Chicago then Black Mountain College. A year after graduating, he moved to New York where he began his illustrious career.
Chamberlain is best known for creating sculptures from old cars and parts that bring the Abstract Expressionist style of painting into three dimensions. He began by carving and modelling, but turned to working in metal in 1952 and welding 1953. By 1957, while staying with the painter Larry Rivers in Southampton, New York, he began to include scrap metal from cars with his sculpture Shortstop. From 1959 onward he concentrated on sculpture built entirely of crushed automobile parts welded together.
By the end of the 1960s, Chamberlain had replaced his signature materials initially with galvanized steel, then with mineral-coated Plexiglas, and finally with aluminum foil. Chamberlain has limited himself to specific parts of the automobile (fenders, bumpers, or the chassis, for example). In 1973, two 300-pound metal pieces by Chamberlain were mistaken for junk and carted away as they sat outside a gallery warehouse in Chicago.
In the early 1980s, Chamberlain moved to Sarasota, Florida, where an 18,000-square-foot warehouse studio on Cocoanut Avenue enabled him to work on a much grander scale than he previously had. In 1984, Chamberlain created the monumental American Tableau created for display on the Seagram Building's plaza.

When he died in 2011, he was regarded as one of America's greatest modern artists. That year, his Nutcracker masterpiece (1958) from the Allan Stone Estate sold at auction for $4.7 million, more than twice its high $1.8 million estimate and a record price for the artist at auction.

Suggestive sculpture raises eyebrows at Versailles _ just as artist Kapoor planned

Associated Press

VERSAILLES, France — Is that new sculpture in the gardens of Versailles a massive tuba? Or is it supposed to represent Marie Antoinette's private parts?
Artist Anish Kapoor isn't saying exactly what the centerpiece of his latest installation, called "Dirty Corner," represents.
He told French newspaper the Journal du dimanche that it suggests "the vagina of the queen who takes power" and called it a "provocation." But he told journalists at the Chateau of Versailles on Friday that viewers can interpret it as they like.
"A work has multiple interpretive possibilities," Kapoor said. "What I am doing here is kind of taking the surface of (renowned French landscape designer) Le Notre's ordered garden and looking inside."
"Inevitably, one comes across the body, our bodies and a certain level of sexuality," he said. "But it is certainly not the only thing it is about."
The conservative Versailles mayor tweeted his disapproval, and some far-right bloggers expressed theirs, but viewers seemed largely unperturbed.
Brittany Watson, a 28-year-old visiting from Virginia, said, "I think it is appropriate. I mean, a human body is a work of art."
Versailles resident and retired professor Pierre Dhainaut took issue with the sculpture for other reasons.
"This is a bit of a mess, a heap of metal, rocks," he said. "I know it is a composition, but let's say that this is ruining the perspective that visitors of the castle may have," he said.
Sexually controversial art is not rare in and around Paris, but occasionally prompts anger. An installation that some said resembled a giant sex toy was vandalized last year.

Rare van Gogh, Giacometti sculpture fetch millions


 (AP) — A rare piece of artwork painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death sold for $61.8 million Tuesday and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti took in over $100 million at a sale kicking off New York City's fall art auctions of impressionist and modern art.
Van Gogh's 1890 painting, "Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies," had expected to fetch between $30 million and $50 million at Sotheby's evening sale in Manhattan.
Van Gogh painted the bouquet of wildflowers at the French home of his physician, Dr. Paul Gachet, in 1890. It's one of the few works the Dutch artist sold during his lifetime.
One of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art, A. Conger Goodyear, acquired it in 1928. It remained in the family for decades and was on permanent exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo for 30 years. The most recent owner bought it around 1990.
The auction record for a van Gogh is $82.5 million.
The big-ticket auction at Sotheby's brought in $101 million for Giacometti's "Chariot." The rare 1951 bronze sculpture features an elongated goddess-like figure perched atop a wheeled chariot. The price almost broke the $104.3 million record for the Swiss artist.
The 1951 piece, embellished with paint to enrich the textural quality of the bronze, has been in the same collection for over 40 years. Giacometti made six casts of the "Chariot" during his lifetime. The one sold Tuesday is one of only two painted examples.
Another important sculpture sold at the auction was Amedeo Modigliani's "Tete." It fetched $70.7 million, just topping the previous auction record for the artist at $69 million.
The deitylike elongated head was carved in 1911 and 1912 from a block of limestone scavenged from a Paris construction site. It had a presale estimate of $45 million.
The auction house Bonhams, which is selling more than 700 items from the homes of Lauren Bacall, offered two Henry Moore sculptures from her collection on Tuesday.
"Maquette for Mother and Child: Arms" sold for $281,000, just over its pre-sale estimate high of $200,000, and "Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt," sold for over $1 million, topping its presale estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.
The legendary actress' other artwork, jewelry and furniture will be offered for sale in March.
All prices included the buyer's premium.

The major fall sales continue Wednesday at Christie's. Among the highlights is a celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet. "Spring" has a presale estimate of $25 million to $35 million.