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An article I wrote on artist Chuck Close’s visit to the University of Pennsylvania is now online in the Pennsylvania Gazette (image, a Close self-portrait).
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Here’s the first paragraph:

Artist Chuck Close is known for two things—his enormous portraits of people scrutinized from hair to pore and ear to ear, and his severely disabled body. But he’s still making art—great art; and in life, he has taken his disabilities and turned them into a source of power. His trademark billboard-sized mug shots each shock the eye with their newness, their merger of astounding, abstract technical feats with the ordinariness of photographic detail.

Read the rest of it here.

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