Chuck Close: A Film

If you’re looking for a terrific art-related DVD then I have a great one for you. It’s a film by Marion Cajori on artist Chuck Close.

I honestly didn’t know what expect when I ordered this as I sort of did on a whim but it was so good I’m on my third viewing.

I understand that some of you may or may not know who Chuck Close is. For the record he is a contemporary artist who paints people’s faces as his subject matter. if you want a quick overview then head on over to Chuck Close on Wikipedia.

The scenes and closeups of him painting as some of the best I have ever seen (and I have seen a lot!) One segment even has the brush appear like it had a camera on it – who knows, maybe it did but it was so cool to see art via this unique angle.

The film also interviews a lot of his contemporary art friends and colleagues. Big names in the art world, like: Brice Marden, Elizabeth Murray, Dorothea Rockburne, Lucas Samaras, Alex Katz, Janet Fish, and other art world heavyweights.

The interviews are really excellent and very well done. As an added bonus you typically get to see them in their own studios so you can get a glimpse of their working spaces and they also feature some of that artist’s work.

If you don’t know Chuck’s story and the many hardships he has endured in his life I won’t spoil that for you. All I can say is that’s it’s immensely interesting. It’s just amazing how productive he is and how he has created an environment to support him.

Also, if you are not familiar with Mr. Close’s process you will be in for a real treat. I was completely fascinated with how creative he is given the methodology he has set up for himself. It’s such an ingenious way of getting the work done. You’ll see.

Finally, the film just left me inspired. To see what he has struggled with and how he continues to paint “portraits” of such raw beauty will downright floor you. I highly recommend it for yourself and/or a gift. It’s that good.

Find it here on Amazon: Chuck Close

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