Paul Simon and Chuck Close

By Alex Hoyt
A conversation between the singer-songwriter and the portraitist about the creative process, what inspires their work, and the roots of their artistry

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Close explains why artistic problems are more important than their solutions.

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Simon and Close discuss Montauk, Magritte, Joan Baez, and other sources of inspiration.

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Simon on how melody, rhythm, and lyrics combine in his work; Close on why the length of time it takes to make a painting is irrelevant.

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Close recalls how his "narrow skill set" made him hungrier, and why he never faces a blank canvas; Simon compares his problems in his art to problems in his life.
 
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Simon on the rhythms he learned from African musicians; Close on how limitations free him up, and why he doesn't paint with a palette.

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Close remembers his grandmother's crocheting and reflects on women's work and "crafts."

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Simon discusses making songs with his wife; Close explains how he borrows from himself, and how he knows it's time to set a project aside.

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