In 1988, 20 years into a successful career, the iconic photorealist painter Chuck Close suffered a collapsed spinal artery, paralyzing him almost completely from the neck down. His inspiring struggle to work from a wheelchair with a paintbrush strapped to his wrist as well as his life before “The Event,” as Close calls it, is detailed in a new biography by his longtime friend Christopher Finch titled Chuck Close: Life, a companion book to Finch’s 2007 Chuck Close: Work. Tonight, the Strand presents An Intimate Evening with Chuck Close & Christopher Finch; the $50 ticket includes a signed copy of Chuck Close: Life and your choice of an always-chic Strand tote bag.

Thu., July 15, 7 p.m., 2010

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 13, 2010

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