Chuck Close 1970 Process

I recently came across an interview by the painter Chuck Close with and written by Ms. Cindy Nemser in the January 1970 issue of ArtForum. I selected the below photo and a clip from the interview below. Her questions are in italics and his answers directly follow. If you are interested in drawing people’s heads, read on. 

Some portraits by other artists:

Igor Stravinsky, by Pablo Picasso (pen and ink on paper)

Portrait of a Friend, by Sylvia Herbold (mixed media on paper) 

Art Forum Covers of the late 60s and early 70s. 

René Magritte Article from 1966 

Today I came across an article on René Magritte, a Belgian artist from the 20th century whose work I enjoy for its imaginative, cerebral, emotional, and surrealist qualities.

The article is by Roger Shattuck, and the article presented in the September 1966 edition of ‘ArtForum’ is a partial and revised text from a talk given by Mr. Shattuck for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in April, 1966. I included the last fourteen paragraphs from the article printed in the magazine, as the former part of the article was ripped out for some reason that has long been lost to the Mirage of Time.

Read below at your leisure.  The images of Magritte’s paintings are also ones that were presented in the midst of the article. I included the images in the order in which they were presented. :

The Human Condition, 1, oil on canvas, 1934. 40”x31.5”.

The Promenades of Euclid, oil on canvas, 1955, 63.75”x51.25”. 

(sorry for the graininess.) The Human Condition, oil on canvas, 21.5”x28.74”, 1935.

The False Mirror, oil on canvas, 21.25”x31 and 7/8.” 1928.

Rape, 1934. 

Blank Signature, oil on canvas, 31 and 7/8” x 25.5”, 1965. 

The Wire

A multitude of issues of the modern music magazine “The Wire” are available for readers here in the Prelinger Library. “The Wire” is published out of 88-94 Wentworth  Street in London, England and was founded in 1982 by Anthony Wood. I really enjoyed how the magazine focused on such a wide range of contemporary music from across the world, writing about and interpreting records by musicians and artists not commonly reviewed in the Rolling Stone or featured in iTunes top 10 downloads. 

At present, there are 95 issues here that range from April 1997 to February 2013. I included diptych-like photos of the covers of the magazines below, as well as my rough-draft-written page of which issues are here. 

Seven Days

In December of 1977, Barbara Walters interviewed Fidel Castro for the publication “Seven Days”. I included the scanned cover, page one from the article, as well as some highlighted quotes in a conversation between the long-standing television journalist and beacon of “The View” and an often-conceived foe of the US government. The questions Walters asks are in italics, and Castro’s answers follow. 

Omni Magazine

A few weeks back I was noting the volumes of Omni Magazine. Omni Magazine was a publication about Science, Technology, Science Fiction, the Mind, Computer, UFO’s, Robotics, and beyond. It first began printing in 1978. The covers were captivating. On one, you might find a jockey riding a horse that has a one-hundred dollar bill printed on it:


As you can see, this cover is from the May 1989 edition. I wondered why there was a horse on the cover. In May 1989, American Jockey Chris Antley ended a record of 64 consecutive winning days on the race-track. Antley made headlines as a jockey by winning the Kentucky Derby in 1991 and 1999 (on horses ‘Strike the Gold’ and ‘Charistmatic’, respectively). Could that be Mr. Antley and Strike the Gold depicted on the cover of Omni?

On another Omni, I found an insect crouched on a leaf, but on second glance noted that the insect was made entirely of computer parts. 

Not only were the cover illustrations unique, but the titles and headlines were cleverly worded. They got my attention in the way that they sounded playfully cutting edge, but of the 80’s, early 90’s computer-science-mixed-with-popular-culture tone. For me, that tone was made appealing from movies such as Tron, Back to the Future 2, the neon illustrations of Dire Strait’s “I Want My MTV" video, and much more.

A futuristic composition, which has that dated feel to it, was a cover from June 1990. An infant child is hovering above earth’s atmosphere, floating on a robe, with a computer keyboard in front of her and her finger delicately posed over what I suspect is the F10 key.


So when I was dallying through the pages, I enjoyed reading tidbits from the articles. Each publication provided a UFO update, which, for Star Trek fans like myself, was delightful. 

A quote from the update reads:

"Thirty years ago the Soviets gave the world a new word for "space traveler": kosmonavt, Anglicized as cosmonaut. They are now trying to do it again with the word enlonavt, only this time the travelers are not human. The enlonavts (or UFOnauts, as we would say) are aliens from space. And they’ve landed in the USSR.

      ‘Although the Soviets have come to the UFO arena fairly late in the game, they are making up for lost time. Take the story recently publicized around the world by the Soviet news agency Tass. This past October (1989), the agency announced, scientists confirmed the arrival of 9-to 12-foot -tall extraterrestrials with tiny heads. The aliens allegedly strolled around a park in the city of Voronezh.


Because the magazine seemed to be aimed at science and science-technology enthusiasts, the pages were rich with early cell phone, fax machine, Tandy computer, and Compuserve advertisements. A smart phone from “Sharp”:

A cell phone from “Panasonic”:


A Tandy Computer from 1989:

and an endorsement for the old online provider and technology computer Compuserve:

All advertisements shown above came out of volumes 11-12 available here at the library. A lasting thought from Omni:

Inland Printer

Having recently come across many of the Inland Printer volumes here at Prelinger Library, one volume’s images and ads piqued my curiosities. In Volume 85 from 1930, the selected images are rich in color and content. According to the back page of each issue, Inland Printer professed itself as “The Leading Business and Technology Journal of the World in Printing and Allied Industries" (1930)

Inland Printer is a magazine that has articles about printing, typing, engraving, “and other allied industries”. It also has many advertisements, like the one below. 

In the watercolor print above, in volume 85, I particularly enjoyed the soft complimentary colors of purple and green, and how the light falls into the picture from the right, highlighting not only the water and mist, but the stalks of the trees on the left. I was also impressed by the page’s color quality, being 82 years old. 

Another endorsement stood out to me, this one being for “The Associated Business Papers, Inc.”. Its lyrical title to the advertisement and nautical, eye-catching block print caught my eye. See below for the title, image, and excerpt of text.


Have you ever read any writing by the author Elmer Ellsworth, Jr.? In this same volume, he wrote an article titled “Lively Lettering as One Medium for Making Typography Laugh, Sing, and Dance”.

A few examples of what he means: 

Uranium Magazine

After a few months hiatus, a periodical has flown its way into this blog. It’s Uranium Magazine, these scans are from the fifth and sixth volume of 1958 through 1959. Uranium Magazine was published out of Denver during the era of uranium mining. The pie chart below highlights the states where uranium was most commonly extracted from. 

And the scans below of an issue focusing on Canada’s uranium mining caught my eye, particularly the close-up of editor Henry Hough’s curling tam on the cover, and the uranium mine map of Canada below. 

Thanks to Becky Lyman, granddaughter of poet Helen Hoyt, for providing these covers

October 123

Done delightfully in shifty text, by artist Silvia Kolbowski, was a re-presentation of a Dylan tune,  ’Ballad of a Thin Man’. Excerpt below:

from the Winter 2008 run of October journal


from Radio Broadcast, edition below

Radio Broadcast

Horace Silver, text by Martin Williams

New England born Horace Silver, featured in October 1966’s run of “Jazz Journal”:

an excerpt, written by Martin Williams.