How do you write a comprehensive biography of the spectacular career and life of Chuck Close? Hiring Christopher Finch is a good first step. In Chuck Close: Life, Christopher Finch reviews the artist’s life and work, from his birth in Monroe, to his life in SoHo in the 1970s, to his partial paralyzation in the late 80s. Finch approaches Close’s life in the casual, easy way that only a friend can (having first met Close in 1968), telling the story in a free, easy way that grips the imagination with easily digestible, cogent prose. Most of all, Finch’s background and experience makes him uniquely able to contextualize and explain to the reader how Close’s work fit into the contemporary art scene of the era. All told, it’s a beautiful biography, available now from Prestel.
Close and Finch will hold three speaking engagements in the coming weeks to discuss the book and life.
May 6th, 6PM @ The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
May 14th, 6PM @ The Met
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York
June 30th @ The Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
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