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Overview

At last-paperback versions of all-time favorite children's books from Dorling Kindersley! Every young reader will find something fascinating on this exciting list. Affordable prices and outstanding quality make Dorling Kindersley Paperbacks the perfect choice for helping children read every day.

A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white portraits of himself and his friends.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW's boxed review, "This beautiful and inspiring book, an ideal example of an artist biography, inspires readers to consider the possibilities of their own creativity." Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Chuck Close, a contemporary artist, has not had an easy life. Growing up with an undiagnosed learning disability, and later struck with a debilitating disease that would have ended the career of most, he never gave up. Whether you enjoy his art or not, the story of his life is an inspiration. After years of struggle, he was accepted by the Yale University School of Art and in 1970 had his first one-man show. His fame grew, but 18 years later he was paralyzed from the neck down when a spinal artery collapsed. It appeared that his careeer was over. But Chuck Close did not stay down. He fought hard and eventually through rehabilitation was able to regain partial use of his arms. Today, he is still painting and has had a hundred shows, including a retrospective of his paintings at the Museum of Modern Art. The authors also have included an excellent one-page glossary, description of portraiture, and a list of the figues in the book and their locations. Included are a brief bibliography and a list of museums exhibiting Close's works.
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Gr 3 UpBased on interviews, this is an inspiring look at the contemporary artist who struggled with learning disabilities as a youngster, became a celebrated painter in the late 1960s, and later overcame paralysis to continue creating huge portraits in which the image is created by a multitude of small abstract units. Sometimes Close makes the abstract units by inking his finger and pressing it on the canvas over and over. His way of working, as it developed from photorealism to his current unique style, with its relationship to computer art and photomechanical reproduction, is inherently interesting, while the way his portraits almost magically seem to emerge as one gets far enough away from the canvas is clearly shown in the excellent-quality full-color reproductions. Close's story is doubly inspiring, both for the discipline he has developed and for the importance in his life of friends and family. There is enough information for reports, but the book is engaging enough for pleasure reading. Also included are an essay, "What Is a Portrait?" illustrated with works by other artists; a bibliography (all adult titles); and a list of museums that have works by Close. Individual biographies of contemporary artists are still rather scarce. This one has more information than Mike Venezia's Jackson Pollock (1994) or Andy Warhol (1996, both Children's), and lacks the irreverent cartoons of those titles. Viewers will be instantly captured by the cover of this book, a detail of just the eyes and nose of one of Chuck Close's distinctive self-portraits.Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
On the heels of John Guare's biography for adult readers, Chuck Close: Life and Work 19881995 (1995)—which covers Close's work since 1988, when a collapsed spinal artery left Close paralyzed below the shoulders—comes a biography from Greenberg and Jordan (The American Eye, 1995, etc.) that profiles the artist's entire life. As a child, art rescued Close from the frustrations of learning disabilities that made school a struggle; he developed "painstaking discipline" that helped him paint later in life, even when physical disabilities threatened to end his career. As in their other collaborations, the authors meld the artist's biography with their readings of his art. Close's feelings for his friends are conveyed through his gargantuan portraits of them and his multiple interpretations of their photographs. Full-color illustrations show both finished works, and the processes through which they are made, including scenes of Close on the forklift he uses to move around the canvas. In closing with a chapter on the history of portraiture that compares Close's works to those of other painters, the volume captures both the originality of Close's artwork, and the steady gifts of its creator. (glossary, bibliography) (Biography. 14+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789424860
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Becoming an Artist 5
Chapter 2 "Sneaking Up on It" 13
Chapter 3 Friends 21
Chapter 4 "Putting Rocks in My Shoes" 27
Chapter 5 "The Event" 35
Glossary 42
What Is a Portrait? 43
List of Figures 46
Bibliography 48
Some Museums Where You Will Find Work by Chuck Close 48
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Designed for Children and Poignant for Adults

    Chuck Close has been a bridge for introducing the world of possibilities to children and adults alike who are physically challenged in some way. What Christopher Reeve did so eloquently in speaking to us all, so does Chuck Close. A gifted artist, Close's now highly regarded works demand our attention. By using his techniques developed because of his paralysis, he has magnificently demonstrated how portraits are built from cells/cellules that when viewed up close appear to be a gorgeous abstraction of oversized pointillistic units only to come profoundly into focus with distance. He has re-educated our eyes and the way we visually dissect images. The writing in this fine book is sophisticated and endearing, and without being the least bit maudlin it shows how a gifted artist has utilized his challenges to become one of America's foremost representational artists. This is an exceptional little book. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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