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Face Book

Close, Chuck (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Face Book


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Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section that demonstrates his techniques and images.
Authors: Close, Chuck, 1940-
Title: Face book
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Books for Young Readers,, 2012.
Characteristics: 55 p. :,ill. ;,27 cm.
Summary: Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section that demonstrates his techniques and images.
Local Note: 1 2 5 7 10 14
Alternate Title: Facebook
ISBN: 1419701630
9781419701634
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Report This Apr 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This autobiography is bound to interest budding artists and, thanks to its eclectic formatting, even those kids without a drop of artistic interest in their blood. Though it is only 56 pages this is one title that delivers a wallop. A great way to present an artist. Let us hope that other books will follow in its footsteps even as young artists follow in Mr. Close’s.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Report This Apr 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Culled from interview questions lobbed at the artist Chuck Close by P.S. 8’s 5th grade students, the book is is part Q&A, part explanation of artistic techniques, and part flip book. From his earliest days Chuck had the makings of an artist. Which is to say, he was a bedridden kid whose poor health enabled him to draw. His parents encouraged Chuck’s desire and though he was not a particularly good student in other areas, in art he thrived. Eventually he was able to cultivate a style entirely of his own, until “The Event” when he was paralyzed. Yet even after that trauma he was able to continue his art. The children’s questions go through Close’s life and even allow him to explain his artistic techniques. Backmatter includes a Timeline, Resources, a Glossary, a List of Illustrations and an Index. Curiously the only other children’s book about Chuck Close (Chuck Close, Up Close by Jan Greenberg) is not one of the eight books listed in the Resources section at the back of the book.

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Report This Apr 18, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Ease is the enemy of the artist. Go ahead and get yourself into trouble.”

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Inspiration is for amateurs. Artists just show up and get to work. Every idea occurs while you are working.”

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