Chuck Close's face made him famous, his face on canvas, that's it. Gigantic, close up and personal, its big black and white self-portrait of 1968 leaves nothing to imagination. You can see each stubble spike, every anthill with no smoking hair, every curl curl of his cigarette. It was a bold opening statement of someone who continued to become one of the best-known portraits of the generation of him, which he died today at 81 years old.
Close was born in the state of Washington in 1940, and when a child struggled with what he later realized dyslexia, but art was never a fight. The parents of him encouraged him, paying art supplies and lessons; He told the New York Times magazine in 1998 that he remembered becoming carefree, in advance about magazines with a magnifying glass, "trying to discover how the paintings were made," which may have been an indication of where the race of He would. Ultimately, go.
How the big heads were made
Copyright Chuck Close / Courtesy Pace Gallery Chuck close, <em> great self-portrait, </ em> 1967-1968, acrylic on canvas
Close not only worked on painting, he was a photographer, a maker, even a weaver. But he is better known for those great heads, portraits with pixelated himself and his friends from the world of art that did when breaking photographs in intricate networks and then blowing them up, which reproduces it square by a meticulous square on large canvases . He even developed a system with a forklift, a platform, a chair and a rope that allowed him to maneuver all the paint easily.
The style of Close changed over time. He added color in the 1970s, and moved away from the strict photorealism of the great self-portrait towards a scarce look. But he was forced to make a drastic change in 1988, when a collapsed spinal artery left him mainly paralyzed from the neck down. Finally, he learned to paint again using brushes tied to his hands with Velcro, and canvas to his assistants prepared with grids. Some of the subsequent works of some of the closures show a psychedelicism Loopy: Each square of the grid can be accurate, or it could also keep a colorful blob that looks like a goal, a hot dog or a tear until he goes back to experience the set.
Allegations of sexual harassment
Close found a great success in those later, breaking polaroids of film and painting stars, former president, Bill Clinton. But he also faced the accusations of sexual harassment; Several women came forward and said he had made inappropriate comments on the bodies and private lives of him when they arrived in his study to pose for him.
"If he ashamed someone or made them feel uncomfortable, I am very sorry, I did not want to do it. I recognize having a dirty mouth, but we are all adults," he told the New York Times. The National Gallery of Art canceled a closing work show as a result of the accusations.
Close was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2015, a condition, the neurologist of him said he could have explained some of his behaviors. He died of congestive heart failure in a hospital in Oceanside, New York; Survivors include daughters Georgia and Maggie and several grandchildren.
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