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Chuck Close is an American artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He is best known for his large-scale, Photo-Realist portraits.In 1988 a spinal[…]

The contemporary artist on selling a nonessential product

Chuck Close: But in terms of in general in society, for it to be a time of less extravagance, I suppose then that we are in trouble--because we make luxury items.  We don’t have to buy art.  We have to buy food.  You have to buy shelter, you may have to buy transportation to where you work, and you may have to clothe your body in a way that is appropriate to whatever job you have.  But you sure as hell don’t need to buy art.  

So if you are in a luxury business, you’re going to be in for a time in which people will say, “Gee, do I really need to buy this?”  It’ll be interesting.

Recorded on: February 5, 2009