quotes of Chuck Close; 45 quotes

"I tried to, with a series of self-imposed limitations, back myself into my own personal corner where nobody else's answers would fit. I've always thought that problem-solving is highly overrated and that problem creation is far more interesting."

"Europe often seems sort of overly concerned with the weight of history and stuff. We don't have much history here, so... ."

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"I've said it's a little bit like a magician performing for a convention of magicians... all the magicians in the audience watching this illusion-Do they see the illusion, or do they see the device that made the illusion? Probably they see a little of both."

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"I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made. I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have."

"At the same time that I'm finding the color world I want, I'm also trying to make the imagery, you know, by the nature of the strokes themselves."

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"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."

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"I love what used to be called women's work. When women make quilts or something like that, it was something they could pick up or put down, and go back to after they start dinner or weed the garden or whatever... feed the baby. I like that. I liked knowing where I was going to be for a while."

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"Very few people have written about what a work really looks like, especially once there were photographic reproductions of works and so they felt that the photograph would carry the information, and, of course, it does a piss poor job of letting someone know of the scale of the work and of the physicality and how thick the paint was and what the touch was."

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"Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object."

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"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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