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Chuck Close        

Painter and photographer

Chuck Close is an American artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He is best known for his large-scale, Photo-Realist portraits. In 1988 a spinal blood clot left Close almost completely paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. A brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm, however, allowed him to continue working. In the 1990s he replaced the minute detail of his earlier paintings with a grid of tiles daubed with colorful elliptical and ovoid shapes. Viewed up close, each tile was in itself an abstract painting; when seen from a distance, the tiles came together to form a dynamic deconstruction of the human face. In 1998 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City mounted a major retrospective of Close's portraits. Close has been called a Photo-Realist, a Minimalist, and an Abstract Expressionist but, as the 1998 retrospective proved, his commitment to his unique vision and his evolving techniques defy any easy categorization. In the years since, Close's position atop the American art world remains unchanged, and his work has been met with rave reviews and expensive commissions. In 2000 President Clinton named Close a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. In 2007 his life became the subject of a full-length documentary, "Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress," directed by Marion Cajori.

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Note to Self: Artist Chuck Close pens note to 14-year-old self - CBS ...

Chuck Close has overcome enormous obstacles, including a blood clot that left him paralyzed decades ago, to become of America's greatest living painters.

A Review of 'Chuck Close - Recent Works,' at Guild Hall Museum ...

The exhibition "Chuck Close: Recent Works" at Guild Hall Museum offers some insight into the shifts, however subtle, in Mr. Close's work since his breakthrough  ...

Chuck Close Uses Art to Inspire Students to Academic Success ...

A new federally sponsored public-and-private experiment puts the arts at the center of the curriculum in hopes of raising academic performance across the ...

Chuck Close - The New York Times

News about Chuck Close. Commentary and archival information about Chuck Close from The New York Times.

Major exhibits are coming to the Schack in 2016 | HeraldNet.com ...

In fact, 2016 could be the Schack's most memorable year... ... The biggest deal is the exhibit of Chuck Close prints coming in May. It will be only the second time ...

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