12/21/2011 08:39 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2012

John Chamberlain, Innovative Sculptor, Dies At 84

John Chamberlain sculpted explosive and expressive forms out of crushed, painted automobile parts. Unconcerned with trends and movements he created gestural forms worlds away from the current artistic moment. Born in 1927, he died today at 84 years old.

The Guggenheim is finalizing a retrospective of Chamberlain's work for February of 2012.

Known for living life fully and wildly, Chamberlain once joked to the New York Times: "I once had a drink with Billie Holiday, and I smoked a joint with Louis Armstrong. Those are my real claims to fame. Write that down."

Chamberlain's spirit and vision have inspired many and he will be missed.