Chuck Close on Rejecting the 'Essentials' of Grad School The Graduate Center, CUNY - The Graduate Center, CUNY Legendary artist Chuck Close joins CUNY's Bill Kelly in conversation about the painter's illustrious career. Chuck Close has been a leading figure in contemporary art since the 1970s. He has developed a singular approach to painting, utilizing a rigorous system of gridding to produce images that possess both the realism of photography and the loose coloration of abstraction. In addition to painting, Close has worked in photography and printmaking. His work has been the subject of major retrospectives at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis."