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Also known as
Charles Thomas Close
1940 (age 79-80)
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Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close is an American painter, artist and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Although a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Close also creates photo portraits using a very large format camera.

In 2017, several women alleged that Close sexually harassed them when they came to his studio to pose for him.

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  1. "As a quadriplegic, I try to live a complete, full life to the extent possible. But given my extreme physical limitations, I have found that utter frankness is the only way to have a personal life." —New York Times, December 20, 2017
  2. "[George W. Bush is] A failed president, a failed painter. It’s hard to tell which he was worse at. He hurt less people with the painting." —New York Observer, April 18, 2014

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  1. Great Art Made by Imperfect, Flawed Men, KCRW, January 30, 2018
  2. Chuck Close Is Accused of Harassment. Should His Artwork Carry an Asterisk?, New York Times, January 28, 2018
  3. Chuck Close Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Harassment, New York Times, December 20, 2017