How Chuck Close Redefined His Art and Came Back Stronger

Chuck Close painted like no one else ever quite had. His gigantic, hyper-realist portraits (based on extreme close-ups he’d taken in his studio) were almost indistinguishable from photographic enlargements.

Close and his painting of Philip Glass

Close and his painting of Philip Glass

His was a work about process, and he did it tremendously well for a couple decades. Then he couldn’t anymore. He could barely move. But he reinvented his process and did some of the best work of his career. Colleen Newvine tells the story here on her blog Newvine Growing.

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4 responses to “How Chuck Close Redefined His Art and Came Back Stronger

  1. Ralph Maratta

    John, I reccomend seeing Byrne’s film “True Stories” and picking up his project with Brian Eno from years ago “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”

  2. Colleen

    Thanks, Ralph. I’ll check those out.

  3. Pingback: Larger than Life: 10 Giant Portraits and Sculptures | Design + Ideas on WU

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