New York: Thames & Hudson, 1995. 11.25 x 9.25 inches. Cloth; dust jacket. Some light toning to sheets and jacket, leaned, moderate shelfwear, a few pale stains on jacket. Item #407794
Inscribed by the artist on front free endpaper. First Edition. "In December 1988, at a high point of his career, a collapsed spinal artery left the painter Chuck Close paralyzed from the shoulders down. He was famous by then for his monumental portraits that deconstructed the conventional notions of identity and personality. Now Close was forced to confront his own identity: could a paralyzed man make monumental art? Three years later, a show of new Close paintings appeared; to the astonishment of the art world, they were as large and powerful as ever. Not only had he found a way to paint his physically demanding portraits again; they had also been transformed. A more impressionistic and dynamic vision now throbbed from his canvases with new emotional intensity."