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Chuck Close: Work Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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The author and the artist together guide you through the evolution of Chuck Close noted modern portrait artist. You follow from air brush, to finger painting,collage disc painting, to the new color geometric masterpieces.
Chuck personally supervised color choices in the lay-out and it is truly impressive. 95 percent of his major work is here. Self portraits,friends , his wife etc. are all vividly executed. Seeing Chuck in action shows the scale of the major works!The works are huge,and the pictures show the studio environment he works in.
I was fortunate to attend his lecture,with both men ,and it Chuck says this is the definitive book!
"Chuck Close: WORK" is a definitive piece that fills in any small holes about the story of this artist that might be obscured in some out of print catalog, as well as talking heavily about his process. If you are in the market for a book that gives the full Chuck Close biography while supplementing itself with beautiful illustrations and plenty of dialog about his process, do not hesitate to purchase this book.
I too had a chance to hear both artist and author speak this week. While Chuck did say this is the definitive book on his work one can hope that he still has many productive years left to continue to awe and amaze his many admirers.
Author and curator Christopher Finch has been following Close `closely' (sorry...) since arranging for Minnesota's Walker Art Museum to make the first museum purchase of one of Close's paintings almost four decades ago. In `Work' (re-released in conjunction with a complimentary volume, `Life,'), Finch showcases nearly all of Close's significant work alongside numerous examples of the artist's work in progress as well. From his famed `prismatic grid' paintings to large format polaroids; from portraits of ordinary people to famous faces like Philip Glass and Bill Clinton, `Work' showcases the full range of Close's work from 1969 to the present.
In addition to Close's remarkable work, Finch reveals much of the artist's personal life including the challenge of regaining his painting career in the wake of a debilitating stroke. After four decades, Close is clearly one of America's most important living artists and Finch's `Work' does both an excellent and complete job of elucidating exactly that.
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Love this book! Love his work, love the photoessays-- chuck's work is so vibrant and I love it-- I want to paint like that too. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Melissa Leaym-fernandez
This cocktail table book is large and beautifully printed. I am lucky in that I viewed some of Chucks original works at the museum in Washington DC. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Gerard Pelc
The content of the book was excellent. My problem with the book was its size and weight. I had difficulty picking it up and holding it because of the condition of my hands. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Suzanne Head
Christopher Finch, forty years a friend of artist Chuck Close, produced two brilliant works on the painter in 2010--Chuck Close: Life, and Chuck Close: Work. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Printzessdea
...book with amazing quality pictures. It was what I was hoping for, and all Chuck Close fans should own it!Published on January 29, 2013 by Ruben M.