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Contemporary American artist Chuck Close works on such a large scale that his giant photorealist paintings emerge from subtle pixelizations to confront us with their unblinking humanity. Close has been forced to confront such stark realities himself: In 1988, at the age of 48, he was struck down by a spinal artery occlusion that left him in a wheelchair for life as a partial quadriplegic. This biography is the first to centrally address "The Event" and the radical adjustments it necessitated in the making of Close's art. An inspiring biography written by a longtime friend of the artist.