Chuck Close. <i>Self-Portrait Woodcut.</i> 2009. Woodcut, composition: 28 x 23" (71.1 x 58.4 cm); sheet: 35 1/2 x 28 1/2" (90.2 x 72.4 cm). Gift of the artist in honor of Deborah Wye. © 2012 Chuck Close

Chuck Close

For kids ages seven to fourteen and their adult companions

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Hear from contemporary artists as they share their art-making techniques and sources of inspiration. Presentations are followed by a special Q&A.

Artist Chuck Close is is best known for his large-scale, photobased portrait paintings and the highly inventive techniques he uses to paint the human face. He is also an accomplished printmaker and photographer. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. In 2000, President Clinton presented the artist with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The artist will sign copies of his new book for kids, Chuck Close Face Book immediately following the program, in the mezzanine of the Education and Research Building.

Admission is free. Preregistration is required.

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