I'm sure it's a typo, but don't kill Chuck Close prematurely! ("worked"
instead of "works") There was a good interview with him in the the New York
Times Magazine 2 weeks ago, and in a recent Time or Newsweek. He is very
inspirational...in fact, one artical mentions how he was in Occupational
Therapy in the hospital after suffering a collapsed spinal nerve. They had
him doing "craft" stuff - bead stringing, etc. His wife saw his frustration
and said give the guy a paint brush! He's a painter! He's adapted to his
handicap and is extraordinarily productive.
When ever I talk about artists I try to tell kids about the handicaps they
have overcome - Frida Kahlo and her physical pain, Jacob jawrence and
prejudice, Georgia O'Keeffe talking about how "the men didn't accept my
Life is struggle..art is life...