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Chuck Close

 (born 1940)
Chuck Close is active/lives in New York.  Chuck Close is known for photo-grid real portrait, figure.

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Born in Monroe, Washington, Chuck Close is one of the top names associated with both Pop Art and Photo-Realism. He is known for his black and white grid face portraits, "heads" of people's faces that are not idealized, and since the late 1960s has been a mainstay of the contemporary art scene.

He earned B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with highest honors from Yale University and spent 1964 to 1965 in Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught briefly at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and in 1967 moved to New York where to 1971 he taught at the School of Visual Arts. He married Leslie Rose, a landscape historian, and they have daughters, Georgia and Maggie.

Close became an admirer of Abstract Expressionists Mark Roth

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