By Christopher Finch.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2010. 352 pp., 75 color illustrations, 7¼x9¼".
This is the first book to tell the
inspiring story of near tragedy
and ultimate triumph behind the
dazzling work of one of today s
most respected and best-loved
artists. Chuck Close is one of the most acclaimed American artists to
emerge since Andy Warhol. His larger-than-life portraits look
out from the walls of museums and galleries around the globe.
His virtuosity and variety of technique, combined with the
ambition and accessibility of his chosen subject matter the
portrait re-invented on a heroic scale has made him a great
favorite with the public and has won him the respect of his
peers. Chuck Close has achieved fame, yet his full story has
never been told until now. Author Christopher Finch has
known Close since the late 1960s when the artist was creating
his first masterpieces in an unheated SoHo loft. Finch
chronicles Close s childhood battles with illness and dyslexia
and his rise to the pinnacle of the art world. At the age of 48 he
was struck down by an occluded spinal artery that left him a
partial quadriplegic. With extraordinary determination, Close
overcame this potentially career-ending disability, not only
learning to paint again but producing work of extraordinary
richness that equals or surpasses his previous achievements.
With style and authority, Finch reveals the human reality
behind Close s visually eloquent but eternally silent portraits.
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