Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Home Use)
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In childhood, Close sought out art as a way to overcome his learning disabilities. In 1988, at the age of 48, Close suffered a collapse of the spinal artery, which left him partially paralyzed. His recovery, and achievements as an artist, are nothing short of miraculous. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress traces the artist's evolution and follows Close into New York's contemporary art community where we encounter Leslie Close, Philip Glass, Mark Greenwold, Alex Katz, Dorothea Rockburne, Kiki Smith and Robert Storr.
"Close's images switch in an instant from representation to abstraction, dissolving and reassembling themselves in the blink of an eye" - The Village Voice
"Indefatigably original work" - Simon Schama, The New Yorker
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed watching the video but I found the sound to be distracting because you hear so much of the background that I had to strain to listen to the dialogue. The video is also a bit slow-paced but that may be due to how we are conditioned by today's media that uses snippets of video and audio in a fast-paced editing format (and our decreasing attention-span).
Still, I consider "A Portrait in Progress" a good introduction to the whole artistic process, and the kids have a window into the life of a contemporary artist and better understand how they'll be approaching their own self-portrait work.
I will return to this video for inspiration over and over again.
Great information for art students and art courses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter bought this book in the seventh grade for a semester long report on Chuck Close. Our whole family fell in love with him. Buy the book, read it, and love it.Published 11 months ago by Paloma M
nice film, but I bought this for my classroom. It is made for adults, not children. It is not kid friendly. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Lisa C. Rittner
I like the sincerity of the DVD no frills just an amazing artist doing what he loves and excelling at it
He has taught me to look with new eyes as it's all there we just need... Read more
I bought this VHS as a gift - everybody should know this remarkable artist - who once was an excellent realistic style artist and then challenged beyond any conceivable limits for... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by James I dahle
Close is a rather risky favorite artist.
I often site him and very few know who I mean, and that often surprises me. He is so obvious. Read more
This item deserves spending time on becouse you would bild ur abilities specialy if u r an artist. i would recommend it for every artist to have it in hand. thank youPublished on June 13, 2009 by Bader Alfadhli
This is a refreshing documentary. The camera dwells at great length on the sheer beauty of the paints as the artist applies them, while the artist, his wife, and various... Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by E. Karasik