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Chuck Close Quotes

The only thing stupider than making a painting was making a representational painting, and of all the genres the most dead and seemingly bankrupt was portraiture.
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#Painting

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another. In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things. I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove me to portraits in the first place.
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#American Artist

I'm very learning-disabled, and I think it drove me to what I'm doing.
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#American Artist

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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#American Artist #Art

I love sculpture, and minimal sculpture is really my favorite stuff, but I wasn't very good at it, and I don't think in a three-dimensional way.
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#American Artist

I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a head, with fewer dots, but you won't be able to give much information about who it is.
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#American Artist

I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around.
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#American Artist

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
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#American Artist

All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid.
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#American Artist

There's a kind of prevailing sensibility in any given moment in time, so sometimes the art world gravitates away from your issues, and then sometimes it will come back towards them.
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#Art

I wasn't athletic, I couldn't catch a ball, I couldn't throw a ball, I had all kinds of physical limitations as well. So this was it.
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#American Artist

Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from.
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#American Artist #Paint

I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings.
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#American Artist

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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#American Artist

Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work.
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#American Artist

It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians.
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#American Artist

I'm plagued with indecision in my life. I can't figure out what to order in a restaurant.
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#American Artist

We were all figuring out ways to build an image rather than paint it. Sculptors didn't want to work in bronze or marble or wax. They wanted to find a material that didn't have any art use. We were similarly trying to find ways of working that were not about paint-it-in, paint-it-out, scrape-it-off -- some way of working all over at once.
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#Work

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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#American Artist

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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#American Artist

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.
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#American Artist

Most people are good at too many things. And when you say someone is focused, more often than not what you actually mean is they're very narrow.
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#American Artist

I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine... most of the pleasure is in getting the last little piece perfect.
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#Pleasure

It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.
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#American Artist