Chuck Close

Overview

Chuck Close travels into the world of one of the late 20th and early 21st century's most highly singular visual artists. The eponymous subject of the title opted, early on, to exclusively devote all of his time and creative energy to constructing massive human likenesses, "deconstructed" into enlarged photographs, self-portraits, images from other artists, and a host of other ephemera. From a close vantage point, the overall image can be neither discerned nor detected, but when one stands at a considerable ...
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Overview

Chuck Close travels into the world of one of the late 20th and early 21st century's most highly singular visual artists. The eponymous subject of the title opted, early on, to exclusively devote all of his time and creative energy to constructing massive human likenesses, "deconstructed" into enlarged photographs, self-portraits, images from other artists, and a host of other ephemera. From a close vantage point, the overall image can be neither discerned nor detected, but when one stands at a considerable distance, the smaller components "coalesce" into a fluid whole. As documentarist Marion Cajori subtly reminds the audience time and again, the most astonishing aspect of Close's artistic construction (especially given the photo shoots, image selection, and other elements that go into the process) involves his 20 year physical paralysis. The central narrative of Cajori's film witnesses Close's construction of one such portrait (with the help of many assistants) over an 80+ day period; she also works in footage from a biographical sketch of Close that she shot in 1998, clips of the artist and his colleagues, and a number of additional sources - hence mirroring, in the creation of her own biographical portrait of Close, the process by which Close creates a new work of art. Chuck Close also represents the final cinematic work of acclaimed documentarist Cajori, who died shortly after editing this motion picture; it took her 13 years to complete, from 1993 to 2006.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • UPC: 767685224564
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,845

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Close Participant
Janet Fish Participant
Robert Rauschenberg Participant
Leslie Close Participant
Alex Katz Participant
Elizabeth Murray Participant
Kirk Varnedoe Participant
Philip Glass Participant
Joe Zucker Participant
Dorothea Rockburne Participant
Mark Greenwold Participant
Lucas Samaras Participant
Arne Glimcher Participant
Bruce Marden Participant
Brice Marden Participant
Robert Storr Participant
Kiki Smith Participant
Technical Credits
Marion Cajori Director, Editor, Producer
Philip Glass Score Composer
Mead Hunt Cinematographer
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Kobland Cinematographer, Editor
David Leitner Cinematographer
Kipjaz Savoie Associate Producer
Bill Wander Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chuck Close
1. Introduction [17:59]
2. Janet Fish & Robert Rauschenberg [8:00]
3. Alex Katz & Leslie Close [6:03]
4. Elizabeth Murray & Kirk Varnedoe [10:56]
5. Phillip Glass & Joe Zucker [9:40]
6. Brice Marden & Robert Storr [11:11]
7. Klaus Kertess & Dorothea Rockburne [9:38]
8. Mark Greenwold & Lucas Samaras [11:37]
9. Maggie, Georgia & Leslie Close [11:05]
10. Arne Glimcher & Kiki Smith [10:06]
11. Epilogue [9:12]
12. End Credits [3:28]
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