Chuck Close Up Close by Jan Greenberg

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"When every kid on the block wanted to become a policeman or fireman, I wanted to be an artist. It was the first thing that I was good at, the first thing that really made me special. I had skills the other kids didn't have. Art saved my life." These are the words of Chuck Close, one of America's most celebrated artists and the subject of this inspiring and thought-provoking book. Through interviews conducted with Close as well as an analysis of his technique, acclaimed authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan explore the ways in which an artist's life and work intertwine. Close's remarkable larger-than-life portraits are the result of a carefully constructed system that finds its roots in both his struggle to overcome severe learning difficulties as a child and immense physical challenges later in life. With full-color reproductions of Close's work as well as additional material on portraits and portraiture, plus a glossary and bibliography, this is an engaging and accessible study of an extraordinary artist, the subject of over one hundred one-man shows, including a retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. At last -- paperback versions of all-time favorite children's books from Dorling Kindersley! Every young reader will find something fascinating on this exciting list. Affordable prices and outstanding quality make Dorling Kindersley Paperbacks the perfect choice for helping children read every day.

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Written by the unmistakable Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, two of America's most prominent writers about art and artists for young readers, "Christo and Jeanne-Claude" is an absolute inspiration. Jan Greenberg lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Sandra Jordan lives in New York, New York. Other art-related books by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan include "Action Jackson" (a Sibert Honor Book), as well as books on Van Gogh, Frank O. Gehry, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. Sandra Jordan, mother of two boys, has taught prenatal yoga classes in Honolulu Hawaii, since 1980. She is a Certified Intermediate Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has traveled twice to India to study with Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iynegar. She is the author of "Yoga with a Partner."
Published February 1, 2004 by Sagebrush Education Resources. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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Through the kids' simple questions and the artist's forthright answers, readers eavesdrop on the event and witness the ongoing dialogue between an artist and his unforgettable, iconographic work.

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On the heels of John Guare's biography for adult readers, Chuck Close: Life and Work 19881995 (1995)--which covers Close's work since 1988, when a collapsed spinal artery left Close paralyzed below the shoulders--comes a biography from Greenberg and Jordan (The American Eye, 1995, etc.) that prof...

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According to PW's boxed review, ""This beautiful and inspiring book, an ideal example of an artist biography, inspires readers to consider the possibilities of their own creativity."" Ages 8-12.

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