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Chuck Close: Face Book LTF Edition
Contributor(s): Close, Chuck
ISBN: 1419701630     ISBN-13: 9781419701634
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: April 2012
Annotation: Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities and providing a mix-and-match self-portrait section that demonstrates his techniques and images.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Artists; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Art, Modern; 20th century; Juvenile literature.
Artists; United States; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
Dewey: 759.13
LCCN: 2011034557
Lexile Measure: 900
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.50" W x 0.75" (1.30 lbs) 55 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63150
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Chuck Close is one of the most recognized American artists of our time, known for his large-scale portraits of friends, fellow artists, and himself. Close has painted, drawn, and printed using airbrush bursts, paper pulp, pencil scribbles, thumbprints, and multicolor brushstrokes. He lives and works in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
In this Q&A style narrative, Close answers questions supposedly asked by children. His voice is clear and direct with not a hint of famous-artist self-aggrandizement or angst. A central section shows fourteen of his self-portraits in a variety of media on heavy card stock cut into thirds so readers can mix and match. A welcome primary source about being an artist. Timeline. Bib., glos., ind.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #3)
Chuck Close's art and life story are the ideal way to introduce art and artists to children. His work is easy to describe and understand because he creates only portraits, but since he does them in almost every possible medium and they have an intriguing trompe l'oeil effect, they are especially attractive to children. But the kicker is the way his life story and so-called disabilities relate directly to his style. As a child, severe dyslexia made school difficult, but art class was easy. Likewise, his prosopagnosia (face blindness) made him especially interested in what made a face recognizable. His early canvases in hyper-realistic style showed large faces in a somewhat disturbing warts-and-all close-up, created from photos divided into small squares. Later, after what he calls The Event -- a collapsed blood vessel that left him paralyzed from the chest down -- his style changed, once again working within his new set of abilities. In this Q&A-style narrative, Close himself answers questions supposedly asked by children (shown on scraps of colored paper in a child's handwriting). His voice is clear and direct with not a hint of famous-artist self-aggrandizement or angst. Instead, he comes across as humble and content with his life. A central section answering a question about his penchant for self-portraits shows fourteen of them in a variety of media on heavy card stock cut into thirds so readers can mix and match eyes, noses, and mouths. The cut pages feel like a bit of a gimmick, though they will probably appeal to younger children. Including the same paintings as a wordless sequence of full pages might have shown the artist's variety more clearly, but overall this is a welcome primary source about being an artist. An illustrated timeline, a glossary, a list of illustrations, and extensive resources are provided at the end of the book. lolly robinson Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 February #3)

This substantive autobiography concentrates on the evolution of painter Close's massive portraits. In interview form, with children's questions written atop the pages ("How do you make your pictures look so real?"), Close describes his work with candor and insight ("Inspiration is for amateurs. Artists just show up and get to work"). He explains how he coped first with a global learning deficit ("I still add and subtract by using the spots on dominos"), then with a collapsed artery in adulthood that left him a quadriplegic ("I had to figure out some way to be able to get back to work and make some money"). Yet it's clear that he considers these setbacks of little significance compared to the shaping of his identity as an artist and the excitement of creating paintings. The high quality printing and lush colors of the reproductions make it easy for readers to share that excitement. A nifty mix-and-match section lets readers compare the methods used in 14 of the artist's self-portraits, but Close's examination of his own work provides more than enough gratification on its own. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 June)

Gr 4–8—Dyslexia, prosopagnosia (the inability to remember faces), and the collapse of a spinal artery that left him paralyzed from the chest down deeply affected Close's life. Here he describes how art helped him triumph over these difficulties. Labeled "dumb" at an early age due to his problem with reading and arithmetic, he was encouraged by his parents and teachers to pursue his interest in and obvious talent for art. The text is arranged by topics of questions asked by children who visited his studio. "Do you work from live models or photographs?" "How do you start a painting?" and "Why do you make so many self-portraits?" lead readers through explanations and examples of Close's art. The center of the book reveals how he uses a grid system of a face and, employing a variety of techniques, including oil paints, airbrush watercolors, etching, and woodcuts, re-creates the same face with a wide diversity of textures, colors, and impact. Excellent-quality reproductions of his paintings appear throughout. A readable and engaging look at a fascinating artist and his methods of working.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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