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January 21, 2007 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
"I don't have to wait for inspiration," says artist Chuck Close in his spacious studio in Lower Manhattan. "I always say that inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. Work kicks open doors. In the process of doing something, other things occur to you, and you end up where you didn't plan to be." Close, 66, hadn't planned to be a printmaker, but here he is surrounded by prints and proofs and plans for more prints.
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October 27, 2011
ART With his instantly recognizable style and near epic status in the art world for many decades running, the return of Chuck Close to Los Angeles is suitably grand. Blum & Poe will mount an exhibition of the acclaimed artist's works — not only his first exhibition with the gallery but also his first one-person show in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years — which will occupy three downstairs gallery spaces and will feature portraits of artists Kara Walker, Laurie Anderson and Zhang Huan, musician Paul Simon and arts patron Agnes Gund, as well as the latest batch of Close self-portraits.
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June 26, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"I was never more worried about anything in my life than this," said artist Chuck Close of "Head-On/The Modern Portrait," an exhibition that he selected from the Museum of Modern Art's collection. It opened Tuesday at the Lannan Foundation, which is in an industrial zone near Marina del Rey. "I'm used to laying my neck on the line for my own work. But this responsibility to other artists I find really scary.
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January 21, 2007 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
"I don't have to wait for inspiration," says artist Chuck Close in his spacious studio in Lower Manhattan. "I always say that inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. Work kicks open doors. In the process of doing something, other things occur to you, and you end up where you didn't plan to be." Close, 66, hadn't planned to be a printmaker, but here he is surrounded by prints and proofs and plans for more prints.
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May 10, 1998 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
The opening encounter in the Chuck Close retrospective currently at the Museum of Modern Art is with the monumental black-and-white portrait heads that the New Yorker painted between 1967 and 1970. These are paintings with the power to make you rock back slightly on your heels. It's the same destabilizing feeling I had the first time I saw one of the blunt, excruciatingly detailed, 9-foot-tall portraits 20-something years ago.
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October 7, 1998 | CLAUDINE ISE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The intersection of art and life is the premise of "Picasso Paints Picasso" and "Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress," two intelligent and absorbing documentaries airing back-to-back tonight on KCET. Each program profiles a major 20th century artist whose life is reflected in portraits of other people.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2011
ART With his instantly recognizable style and near epic status in the art world for many decades running, the return of Chuck Close to Los Angeles is suitably grand. Blum & Poe will mount an exhibition of the acclaimed artist's works — not only his first exhibition with the gallery but also his first one-person show in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years — which will occupy three downstairs gallery spaces and will feature portraits of artists Kara Walker, Laurie Anderson and Zhang Huan, musician Paul Simon and arts patron Agnes Gund, as well as the latest batch of Close self-portraits.
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October 1, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
U.S.S. Chuck Burger, a place known for burgers and a side of war stories, has closed its doors. On Monday, Chuck Bresler, 76, and his wife Vi, 70, called it quits. They have children to spend time with and other parts of the world to see. "If I don't retire now, when am I going to retire?" Chuck Bresler said simply. Since 1986 Chuck Burger had been a place where families went for a fast bite, teams congregated after a game and veterans swapped tales of their tours overseas.
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May 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An auction of new art by major living artists -- part of an ongoing effort by the Metropolitan Opera's General Manager Peter Gelb to combine the visual and vocal arts while keeping his house humming along financially -- raised more than $1.8 million for future productions. Most of the lots sold Sunday night were specially commissioned, opera-themed works. Soprano Renee Fleming, for example, was the subject of pieces by Chuck Close and Robert Wilson.
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May 20, 2004 | Diane Haithman
Playwright John Guare and artist Chuck Close received Gold Medal Awards for drama and graphic design, respectively, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters at an awards ceremony in New York City Wednesday. The Gold Medal prizes, which rotate annually among various creative disciplines, carry no cash award.
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October 7, 1998 | CLAUDINE ISE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The intersection of art and life is the premise of "Picasso Paints Picasso" and "Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress," two intelligent and absorbing documentaries airing back-to-back tonight on KCET. Each program profiles a major 20th century artist whose life is reflected in portraits of other people.
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May 10, 1998 | Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
The opening encounter in the Chuck Close retrospective currently at the Museum of Modern Art is with the monumental black-and-white portrait heads that the New Yorker painted between 1967 and 1970. These are paintings with the power to make you rock back slightly on your heels. It's the same destabilizing feeling I had the first time I saw one of the blunt, excruciatingly detailed, 9-foot-tall portraits 20-something years ago.
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October 1, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
U.S.S. Chuck Burger, a place known for burgers and a side of war stories, has closed its doors. On Monday, Chuck Bresler, 76, and his wife Vi, 70, called it quits. They have children to spend time with and other parts of the world to see. "If I don't retire now, when am I going to retire?" Chuck Bresler said simply. Since 1986 Chuck Burger had been a place where families went for a fast bite, teams congregated after a game and veterans swapped tales of their tours overseas.
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June 26, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"I was never more worried about anything in my life than this," said artist Chuck Close of "Head-On/The Modern Portrait," an exhibition that he selected from the Museum of Modern Art's collection. It opened Tuesday at the Lannan Foundation, which is in an industrial zone near Marina del Rey. "I'm used to laying my neck on the line for my own work. But this responsibility to other artists I find really scary.
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February 1, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
A proposal by Gap Inc. founder Donald Fisher's to build a contemporary art museum in San Francisco's Presidio park moved a step forward after the governing Presidio Trust agreed to enter negotiations on the project. Fisher first proposed the museum in August and announced this week that he would begin talks with the trust over lease terms and other issues. Fisher and his wife, Doris, began collecting contemporary art in 1969 and have assembled more than 1,000 works by names. The $100-million Contemporary Art Museum in the Presidio would include 55,000 square feet of gallery space to display Fisher's collection -- including works by Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein -- and special exhibitions.
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April 25, 2012 | By David Ng
The Obama administration has enlisted a handful of prominent screen actors -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Alfre Woodard -- to help promote Turnaround Arts, an initiative launched this week to incorporate arts education in troubled schools. Turnaround Arts is a program from the President's Committee on the Arts. The two-year pilot project has selected eight schools across the country to receive new training for arts educators, art supplies, musical instruments and programs totaling about $1 million per year, according to the Associated Press.
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