From the late 1960’s, Chuck Close had received recognition as one of America’s most talented artists, renowned for his portraits based on family, friends and public figures. In December 1988, a collapsed spinal artery left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. His life and career appeared shattered, but in 1991, an exhibition showed he had continued to paint. This book is a collaboration between Close and the playwright John Guare. It tells the story of Close’s life since 1988, describing his recovery, the gradual regaining of the minimal movement that still allows him to paint, and the transformation of his art as a result. All the paintings from the last seven years are illustrated, including portraits of Roy Lichtenstein, Eric Fischl, April Gornik and other contemporary artists.