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My story about the Chuck Close lecture at Penn (part of the Locks Distinguished Artists Series) is up at artnet. Read it here.

Close is an inspiration and his talk was by turns funny and enlightening. The artist also did student critiques the next day at Penn and I hear he was a thoughtful, generous critic.

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By the way, the artist has an exhibit of recent paintings opening May 10 at Pace Wildenstein on 25th St. And a Penn student I spoke with who went out with Close for drinks after the student critiques said Close told them he was working on a portrait of his friend Inka Essenhigh. More on Essenhigh here.

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