Wachtel On The Arts - Chuck Close

Artist Chuck Close. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Artist Chuck Close. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)


Eleanor Wachtel talks to American painter and photographer Chuck Close, renowned for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. In 1988, Close was struck by an aneurysm that left most of his body paralyzed. He gets around in a mechanized wheelchair, and paints by attaching paintbrushes to his right arm. That he overcame so many setbacks to become--and remain--one of the richest, most prolific, consistent, and respected painters in America is about as inspirational as an artist's life story gets. A new exhibition of his work, Chuck Close: Nudes 1967 - 2014 has just opened at the Pace Gallery in New York.

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