Chuck, Up Close

10/07/10
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Chuck Close, the great American painter, describes his unique process of making impossibly massive and hyper-realistic portraits and how he uses his body as a tool. Close suffers from face blindness, which makes his expertise as a portraitist all the more staggering.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: Robert Krulwich
Participants: Chuck Close, Alexandra Lynch, Oliver Sacks

What’s it like to face a faceless world? Acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks once apologized for almost bumping into a large bearded man, only to realize he was speaking to a mirror. Sacks and photorealist painter Chuck Close—geniuses from opposite ends of the creative spectrum—share their experiences of living with a curious condition known as “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia....[Read more]

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