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Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Home Use)

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Since 1969, when Chuck Close first exhibited his series of black-and-white portrait heads, his paintings have fascinated the public. Working mostly from instant photographs, Close paints himself, his family, friends and fellow artists in a style that vacillates between representation and abstraction. His colossal heads, at first severe and confrontational, explode with painterly energy, mesmerizing the viewer with their mosaic-like surfaces.

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

(c) 1998 MUSE Film and Television and The Art Kaleidoscope Foundation - All Rights Reserved

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  • Directors: Marion Cajori
  • Writers: Marion Cajori
  • Producers: Marion Cajori, Karl Katz, Catherine Price
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: MUSE Film and Television, The Art Kaleidoscope Foundation and Thirteen/WNET
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MPQICU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By B. Chavez on May 12, 2001
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As a high school art teacher, I really appreciate a well-made, engaging art video. This is one that kept my students' attention from beginning to end. One of the best things about this video is that the viewer gets to see Chuck Close in his studio painting and talking about art-making. He is shown working on one of his huge self-portraits from its beginning, when he chooses the large-scale photo reference and lays out a grid on a canvas, through the painting's completion. What a great opportunity to see inside the life of one of our most talented and admired modern artists! I highly recommend this video.
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I bought this video because I wanted my high school students to gain some inspiration and motivation before we embarked on our own self-portraits using the grid method. I read other reviews that claimed the video had students engaged from start to finish. Well, something must be wrong with my students because I showed it in two different periods and in both classes I had more than half the students falling asleep or putting their heads down!! Those that paid attention stayed awake by doodling or doing homework. Maybe it was my fault by not assigning notes or a worksheet on the video but I wanted my students to just relax and watch some good art in the process. They relaxed, alright!
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).
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You get to watch him paint, hear him talk about his work, and listen to what other arist think about his heads. This video is a wonderful retrospective of Chuck Close's grand body of work. You see him work on his mosy recent self-potrait from start to finish. Interviews with Alex Katz, Philip Glass, and Chuck Close's wife Leslie take you deep into Close's art. It does get a little sappy when talking about his "event" and also his father's death, but that's just a personal thing. A great addition to any artist's bookshelf.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2001
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this is a fantastic video. I use it regularly for teaching. It gives a wonderful & sophisticated view of Chuck Close as an individual and an artist, as well as a glimpse of the other artist's work who are interviewed in the video. It is filmed in a very immediate and personal style. There is nothing stiff, boring, or disconnected about it, common faults of many art videos. Anyone who has experienced something similar in their family will find the discussion of Chuck's "event" very moving, and not at all sappy.
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I'm an artist and art teacher, and each year I read the book, "Chuck Close Up Close" to my high school Art I students and follow up by showing this movie. As another teacher pointed out, some parts simply move too slowly, and I've gotten around this by doing some fast-forwarding. (This also allows time for discussion in our 50-minute class periods.)

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.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2001
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this is a fantastic video. I use it regularly for teaching. It gives a wonderful & sophisticated view of chuck close as an individual and an artist, as well as a glimpse of the other artist's work who are interviewed in the video. It is filmed in a very immediate and personal style. There is nothing stiff, boring, or disconnected about it, common faults of many art videos. Anyone who has experienced a similar tragedy in their family will find the discussion of chuck's "event" very moving, and not at all sappy.
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I bought this video to show an 8th grade class. However, the artist swears a couple times and there are numerous depictions of artistic nudity. Be warned if you are a teacher and don't want students running home to tell their parents what they saw in school. It would probably be ok in high school, but no younger. It is pretty interesting, but does get dry and slow at times.
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Provides a lot of insight into his art and the circle of artists and intellectuals to which he is connected.
I will return to this video for inspiration over and over again.
Great information for art students and art courses.
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