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Close, Chuck 1940-

Works: 355 works in 601 publications in 3 languages and 16,241 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Portraits  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Poetry  Self-portraits  History  Catalogs 
Roles: Interviewee, Illustrator, Artist, Honoree, Creator, Engraver, Director, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Film editor, Contributor
Classifications: N6537.C54, 759.13
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Chuck Close by Chuck Close ( Book )
17 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and three other museums between February 26, 1998 and May, 1999
Chuck Close : life and work, 1988-1995 by John Guare ( Book )
4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In December 1988, at a high point of his career, a collapsed spinal artery left the painter Chuck Close paralyzed from the shoulders down. He was famous by then for his monumental portraits that deconstructed the conventional notions of identity and personality. Now Close was forced to confront his own identity: could a paralyzed man make monumental art? Three years later, a show of new Close paintings appeared; to the astonishment of the art world, they were as large and powerful as ever. Not only had he found a way to paint his physically demanding portraits again; they had also been transformed. A more impressionistic and dynamic vision now throbbed from his canvases with new emotional intensity. In this book, Close has collaborated with his friend, playwright John Guare, to produce a narrative account that tells the story of what Close calls "the event": the day of the trauma itself, the months of slowly recovering the minimal movement that allows him to still paint, and the transformation of his art as a result. The book also brings together all of his new paintings from the last seven years, including images of Roy Lichtenstein, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, and other major contemporary artists. Taking the reader even further into his vision, Close brings Guare behind the canvas and into the Polaroid studio to photograph him as a potential subject for a new portrait. With a unique combination of documentary photographs and commentary, Close shows how he conceives and begins the process of making a portrait, and how the subject plays a role in shaping the final image
Chuck Close prints : process and collaboration by Terrie Sultan ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chuck Close--a man who describes himself as "an artist looking for trouble"--has for three decades consistently but variously challenged the accepted boundaries of the printmaking tradition. Published to accompany a retrospective of his prints opening at Blaffer Gallery and traveling to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several additional museums around the country, this is the first comprehensive survey of Close's revolutionary prints. Featuring exquisite reproductions of the prints together with essays on Close's career and in-depth interviews with the artist and his master printmakers, the volume blends words and images to give readers unique insight into the creative process. The text highlights the intensely collaborative nature of Close's project and looks into the challenges posed by the unprecedented huge scale he prefers. Close may labor on a single print for as long as two years, working out aesthetic problems that might involve the retrieval of a centuries-old European method on one day and the creation of an entirely new technique (such as applying sunscreen to block light) the next. "Prints have moved me in my unique work more than anything else has," Close says. "Prints change the way I think about things." From the artist's ambitious first mezzotint to his recent pulp-paper multiples, this book chronicles the genius of Chuck Close in the medium in which he has done his most exciting work. Taken together, these prints constitute a remarkable self-portrait of the creative drive, vision, and intellect of one of America's most important living artists
Chuck Close a portrait in progress ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces Close's painterly evolution from his first series of black-and-white heads. Follows him into the contemporary art community of New York where he encounters other artists
Regarding Warhol : sixty artists, fifty years by Mark Rosenthal ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first full-scale explorations of Andy Warhol's tremendous reach across several generations of artist who in key ways respond to his groundbreaking work. Includes interviews and visual archive and illustrated chronology that chart the "Warhol effect" over the past 50 years
How to draw a bunny ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the fascinating, often hilarious, and always enigmatic world of artist and underground icon Ray Johnson whose mysterious suicide frames the film. He was considered a genius whose collages have been exhibited in major museums around the world
Chuck Close : self-portraits 1967-2005 by Chuck Close ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Work by Chuck Close ( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and German and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Now available in a revised and expanded edition, this book offers the first comprehensive critical examination of one of America's most celebrated living artists. Chuck Close reinvented portraiture almost four decades ago with a series of nine-foot-tall, black-and-white likenesses of himself and fellow artists, which astonished an art world dominated by minimalism and conceptualism. Close has since explored the possibilities implicit in his original breakthrough in an array of mediums. This lavish, large-format volume is the first to deal with all aspects of Close's career and to place them in a biographical context. Christopher Finch's insight into Close's achievement comes by way of hundreds of studio visits and thousands of hours of conversation since he met Close in 1968. Finch provides an engaging, in-depth analysis of Close's portraits on canvas, from the continuous-tone airbrushed heads of the 1960s and '70s to the painterly "prismatic grids" of the past two decades. The more than 300 illustrations featured in the book survey almost all of Close's paintings, including his most recent work, together with a selection of his prints and multiples, and examples of his photographic oeuvre. This beautifully designed volume reveals not only the variety of pictorial strategies Close has devised, but the extraordinary personality of the artist behind the work."--Publisher's website
A couple of ways of doing something by Bob Holman ( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Daguerreotype portraits with praise poems written to accompany the photographs. Subjects include Laurie Anderson, Cecily Brown, Gregory Crewdson, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Philip Glass, Lyle Ashton Harris, Bob Holman, Elizabeth Murray, Elizabeth Peyton, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, James Siena, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, James Turrell, Robert Wilson, Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage, and Chuck Close. Also includes Rexer's joint interview with photographer Close and poet Holman
Vija Celmins by Vija Celmins ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chuck Close ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With editing completed by filmmaker Ken Kobland after the death of director/producer Marion Cajori, this movie describes the life and work of an artist who has reinvented portraiture. Close photographs his subjects, blows up the image to gigantic proportions, divides it into a detailed grid and then uses a complex set of colors and patterning to reconstruct each face. The artist describes his methodology and many of his artistic influences. Friends and colleagues including Brice Marden, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockburne, Philip Glass, Arne Glimcher, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Kirk Varnedoe and others offer their perspective on Close's talents
Robert Rauschenberg inventive genius ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Celebrates the life and work of American painter Robert Rauschenberg. As guru of the movement that transformed modern art, Robert Rauschenberg is the ideal focus for an exploration of the revolution that has taken place in American art over the past 45 years. A rich mixture of visual images and engaging commentary examines the life of this revolutionary American painter
Art city ( Visual )
in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In vol. 1 artists, collectors, and dealers bring to life the art capital of the world, New York, as it plunges into the 21st Century. The film discusses inspiration, aesthetics, & the meaning of success. Vol.2 travels from Taos and Santa Fe, to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Woodstock, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, to takes viewers on a revealing trip into the studios and lives of a group of singular artists. In vol. 3 many artists use the pain, exhilaration and resolution of private desires to express themselves. This film focuses on intense personalities who've used their art to explore the emotional impact of psychological truths
Rags to riches : 25 years of paper art from Dieu Donné Papermill by Dieu Donné Papermill ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Art city making it in Manhattan ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Moves into lofts, studios and galleries for intimate scenes of artists at work. They discuss inspiration, aesthetic issues, the meaning of success, and how they overcame hardship to pursue a lifetime in art
Alex Katz : New York, Maine by Alex Katz ( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This major exhibition of paintings by American artist Alex Katz (*1927) at the MdM MÖNCHSBERG is a retrospective with the title New York/Maine as a reference to the two places where most of the artist's paintings were created and which decisively influenced his career spanning more than 60 years from 1951/52 to 2012."--Publisher's website
Chuck Close close up ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chuck Close's story is one of tenacity and overcoming great hardship to take joy in the creative process. Working from photographs and employing a grid system, he transfers these images to giant canvases
Currents 35 : Tara Donovan ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New York-based artist Tara Donovan (born 1969) is emerging as one of the most talented artists of her generation, with a particular gift for site-specific installations. Donovan regenerates common manufactured materials such as Styrofoam, straight pins, straws and buttons into biomorphic shapes through singular accumulations. Inspired by system-based artists of the 1960s like Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close, Donovan adheres to a process of utilizing one manufactured material with a unique solution for assemblage, whether it be stacking, gluing, sticking or folding. Her process transforms the prosaic products into spectacular organic forms that belie their material composition. This volume is published for the Milwaukee Art Museum's exhibition (a part of their Currents series), which is comprised of several of her best known installations as well as new work. It includes a foreword by Chuck Close
Chuck Close : daguerreotypes ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chuck Close eye to eye ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On this program we look at the extraordinary career of Chuck Close. Working from photographs and in a multiplicity of styles and mediums, he has reinvented the time honored portrait. we see a selection of his work from his last two shows at the Pace Wilddenstein Gallery in SOHO and visit him in his downtown studio where he works on a portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
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Alternative Names
Chuck Close
Close, Charles Thomas
Close, Charles Thomas, 1940-
English (177)
German (19)
Italian (3)