Chuck Close
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  Chuck Close
On Dec. 7, 1988, Close was stricken with intense chest pains; a convulsion initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. After six weeks in intensive care, he began a program of rehabilitation during which Alex II was the first painting he completed, from a Polaroid of painter Alex Katz he shot two years earlier. "The photograph itself was not particularly sad," Close said in an interview with curator Robert Storr, "but the resultant painting ended up expressing the kind of conflicting emotions that I was feeling myself."




 

 

Right:
Alex II (detail at bottom left)
1989
Oil on canvas
36 x 30"
Private collection, New York

 
Top left:
Alex
1987
Black-and-white Polaroid photograph mounted on aluminum
32 x 21 3/4"
Private collection, New York
 




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