May 10, 1998 |
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.
October 7, 1998 |
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.
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 |
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.
January 10, 2014 |
Diane von Furstenberg's wrap-dress army is a force to be reckoned with in the 20,000-square-foot gallery of the historic May Co. department store building in Los Angeles, where her “Journey of a Dress” exhibition opens Saturday with 200 vintage and contemporary interpretations of the iconic design. There they are, 200 mannequins strong, standing in formation and ready to conquer the world. And conquer the world is exactly what this dress did. The show, which was put together for the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg's brand, celebrates her singular contribution to fashion history: the wrap dress, which is on par with the T-shirt and blue jeans when it comes to its cultural impact.
May 8, 2007 |
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.