Chuck Close, Contemporary Artist Jessica Harris speaks with artist Chuck Close. Close is considered one of the leading contemporary painters of the 20th and 21st century. His works hang in New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Harris also speaks with Michael and Rick Mast, founders of Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn, New York.
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Chuck Close, Contemporary Artist

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Chuck Close, Contemporary Artist

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When we see a painting hanging on the hallowed walls of a museum, we get a sense of an artist's technique and imagination, but we don't get a sense of the process and hurdles that artist faced on the way to critical acclaim. What goes on behind the scenes, or behind the canvas? How does a starving artist becoming a financially secure cultural icon?