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Chuck Close in Rome

A June 2011 interview with the artist while he was working in Rome. Salvioni gets the great portrait artist to talk about his choice of subjects including a longstanding series of self portraits, his colors, his disabilities and their influence on his work, the pleasure of pushing paint, and how it affects him to work in different towns, countries, and studios.


Our Correspondents: Italy


Curator and art critic Daniela Salvioni reports from assorted locales across Italy to bring us interviews with contemporary art's most revered as well as emerging and overlooked artists. The co-editor, with Diana Burgess Fuller, of Art/Women/California, 1950-2000, this American-born resident and fluent Italian speaker, has curated exhibits for such artists as Guy Overfelt and Jennifer Locke, and has interviewed such artists as Jeff Koons and Allan McCollum. Our thanks to Star FK Radium, from Washington, D.C., for the theme music.