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Chuck Close Quote: “Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.”
Chuck Close Quote: “All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid.”
Chuck Close Quote: “You can give the same recipe to ten cooks, and some make it come alive, and some make a flat souffle. A system doesn’t guarantee anything.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I love sculpture, and minimal sculpture is really my favorite stuff, but I wasn’t very good at it, and I don’t think in a three-dimensional way.”
Chuck Close Quote: “If the bottom dropped out of the market and the artist was not going to sell anything, he or she will keep working, and the dealer will keep trying to find some way to convince somebody to buy this stuff.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I knew from the age of five what I wanted to do. The one thing I could do was draw. I couldn’t draw that much better than some of the other kids, but I cared more and I wanted it badly.”
Chuck Close Quote: “Any innovation that is evident in my paintings is a direct result of something that happened in the course of making a print.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I learned you could suffer a terrible tragedy and still be happy again.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I only have so much time and energy and money, and I’m going to put it into my work.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I have a great deal of difficulty recognizing faces, especially if I haven’t – if I’ve just met somebody, it’s hopeless.”
Chuck Close Quote: “Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don’t get a photograph that I want to work from.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I’m very learning-disabled, and I think it drove me to what I’m doing.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I’m very interested in how we read things, especially the link between seeing two-dimensional and three-dimensional images, because of how I read.”
Chuck Close Quote: “When you come up in the art world, whatevers in the air, the issues of the moment, end up becoming part of the working method or modus operandi of how you think about doing a painting. And I came up at a time when-actually painting was dead when I came up. Sculpture sort of ruled.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a head, with fewer dots, but you won’t be able to give much information about who it is.”
Chuck Close Quote: “Of all the artists who emerged in the ’80s, I think perhaps Cindy Sherman is the most important.”
Chuck Close Quote: “Any artist who goes to Las Vegas is an idiot as far as I am concerned. Whoever goes to Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas.”
Chuck Close Quote: “Like any corporation, I have the benefit of the brainpower of everyone who is working for me. It all ends up being my work, the corporate me, but everyone extends ideas and comes up with suggestions.”
Chuck Close Quote: “There are things about signing on to a process over the long term that protect you from the buffeting winds of change.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I’m plagued with indecision in my life. I can’t figure out what to order in a restaurant.”
Chuck Close Quote: “What difference does it make whether you’re looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.”
Chuck Close Quote: “It’s always a pleasure to talk about someone else’s work.”
Chuck Close Quote: “The first thing I do is take Polaroids of the sitter – 10 or 12 color Polaroids and eight or 10 black-and whites.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I never said the camera was truth. It is, however, a more accurate and more objective way of seeing.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I only use three primaries, so the nice thing is I can’t have favorite colors.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I have always attempted to create images that deliver the maximum amount of information about the subject.”
Chuck Close Quote: “I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings.”
Chuck Close Quote: “You know, the way art history is taught, often there’s nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.”
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