Chuck Close | Editioned Prints

In the 27 years since his first museum show, he has struggled to overcome the label of photorealist, and the subtle but constant evolution demonstrated in this retrospective should finally prove that he never really belonged in that particular school. Instead, a man concerned with the vagaries of paint and its application, with the process of seeing, and with the creative process is what emerges. - Anne Birnie

Screenprint on paper
74.5 x 57.75 inches
Edition of 80

Archival watercolor pigment print on paper
30.14 x 19.5 inches
Edition of 50

Installation View of 2007 exhibiton at the gallery


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People keep asking me if I'm still painting heads, and if I say yes, they think there's been no change. - Chuck Close

Chuck Close was born in the state of Washington in 1940. After graduating from the University of Washington, he received a MFA degree from Yale University in 1966. His "portrait" paintings are in over 50 major museum collections. Among the museums that have exhibited his work in the United States are the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the St. Louis Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Fine Arts as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Kunstraum Munich, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In early 1998, a retrospective of his work began a nationwide tour at the Museum of Modern Art. Close and his family live in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York. He is represented exclusively by the PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York and Pace Editions Inc., New York.

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Chuck Close's subjects are his family, his friends, himself, and fellow artists whose faces are described through his distinct, meticulous marks. Working from a photograph with a grid, he builds his images by applying one careful stroke after another in multi-colors or grayscale. His works are generally larger than life and highly focused. For Close, it is the process of description that renders meaning, rather than the subject itself. - Pace Editions, NY