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Big Self-Portraits: a Chuck Close encounter

At seventy-four years old Close is still mining self-imposed limitations. “Inspiration is for amateurs,” he says. “The rest of us just show up and get to work.” There are portraits in every corner of his studio, hung or propped against the wall, always cropped at the shoulder blades: mosaics, tapestries, photographs and prints of Glass, Kate Moss, Lou Reed, Barack Obama, and most of all, Close himself.

Andrew Purcell

I am a British freelance journalist based in New York. My principal clients are the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), the Sunday Herald (Scotland), the Guardian (UK) and BBC World Service radio. For a complete list of contents, click here. Twitter: @andrewpurcellny

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