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Shelter Island, located just off the tip of Long Island, viewed from the ferry
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by Emily Nathan

The 84-year-old Abstract Expressionist sculptor John Chamberlain works in a studio nestled among trees on the idyllic sands of Shelter Island, accessible only by ferry from Greenpoint or Sag Harbor in Long Island, a two-hour drive from New York. Although he has recently been suffering health problems -- he uses an oxygen tank, and divides his time between his home and a Manhattan hospital -- it would seem that he is experiencing something of a renaissance: earlier this year, he switched galleries for a triumphant exhibition of major new works at Gagosian Gallery, and he has a retrospective planned for the Guggenheim Museum in February 2012.