Episode #422

Close, Graph, Blocks

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Saturday, May 31, 2003

Kurt Andersen and his guest, the painter Chuck Close, explore how the grid can liberate artists even as it frames them in. We hear how composer Morton Feldman began writing music on graph paper. He decided that staves were for squares. The urban planner Marilyn Jordan Taylor, leads Kurt on a tour of city streets, finding magic in New York’s staggered rectangles.

Guests:

Chuck Close

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