Chuck Close's Life And Book Review

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Chuck Close was born on July 5, 1940, in Monroe, Washington, and grew up in the blue-collar town of Everett. He earned his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1962, and two years later his M.F.A. from Yale University, and taught art classes at the University of Massachusetts. Close was married to Leslie Rose for more than four decades and together have two daughters. The couple first daughter, Georgia Molly, was born in 1973, and Maggie Sarah in 1984. He has lived with Prosopagnosia, a disorder that impaired the ability to recognize faces, but not objects. It would be this disorder that would shape his career as a photorealist, doing close-up as a way to remember and recognize his subjects including his friends. Chuck Close creates his painting from photograph by locating a grid on the image and coping cell by cell.

In 1988, he suffered a spinal stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down, affecting his spinal artery almost ended his career, but instead of putting down his brush and his canvas away instead he came back stronger than ever producing such creation that continues to delight and intrigue both spectators and curious till this day. He's importance to the American art can’t be disputed. There is nothing more than we as Americans admire most than an individual making it on is own. He represents the true American ideals and has achieved fame both as a portrait painter and photographer through photorealism overcoming his many disabilities. He’s one of the most celebrated living artists in America and abroad.

As an undergraduate majoring in art history, I never stop learning the history of art and everyday I discover or rediscovered something that I thought that a new. Throughout the years, my preferences for the type of art that I enjoyed continue to evolve. My first favorite artist was Pablo Picasso, it was easy to admire him for being such a successful artist because I wanted to identify myself with a winner, but that feeling was in my earlier years in college when I was getting my first taste of the history of art with my first survey courses. They say that through time people change the way they see things and lately my taste for art has changed. Today I no longer root for Goliath, but instead for David. In today’s art world we could probably say that without trepidation that Chuck Close is our David.

Close had to overcome many obstacles to reach his success. He had to deal with many disabilities and a life-threatening stroke that almost killed him, but instead he used those obstacles in his life as a motivation to accomplish his goals both as an artist and individual. Although I was somehow familiar with the artist I had never read anything in length about him. I decided to make a selection of books of the artist in order to learn more about the artist. The books that I selected would inform and delight those who want to know more in depth about the artist career and private life.

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