Chuck Close  (American, 1940) 

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Chuck Close (American, b.1940) is best known for his large-scale photorealist portraits, composed of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-color brushstrokes. In 1962, Close received his BA from the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by his MFA at Yale University 1964. Three years later he moved to New York, where he was one of the founders of photorealistic painting, working at first in black-and-white before shifting to colorful, bright, and almost abstract paintings.

Close systematically composes his paintings with a grid format, which is often visible in the finished work; his most recent works combine his methodical grid with the spontaneous brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists. The subjects of his portraits are usually his family and friends, including artists such as Richard Serra (b.1939), Cindy Sherman (American, b.1954), Alex Katz (American, b.1927), Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), and Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) His work is widely esteemed and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and PS 1 in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London, among many other institutions. In 1988, Close was diagnosed with a rare spinal artery collapse, which Close refers to as the “Event,” and has been forced to paint in a wheelchair; nevertheless, he remains an important figure in the international art world.

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Chuck Close, Bintou I

 

Chuck Close
Bintou I
2013

Pace Gallery
Chuck Close, Keith/Four Times (4 works on 1 sheet)

 

Chuck Close
Keith/Four Times (4 works on 1 sheet)
1975

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Chuck Close, Study for "Keith"/4 times

 

Chuck Close
Study for "Keith"/4 times
1975

Pace/MacGill Gallery
Chuck Close, Self Portrait

 

Chuck Close
Self Portrait
Great Dane Collection
Chuck Close, Keith Four Times

 

Chuck Close
Keith Four Times
1975

Petersburg Press
Chuck Close, Phil

 

Chuck Close
Phil
1976

Michael Petronko Gallery
Chuck Close, John

 

Chuck Close
John
1998

Barbara Krakow Gallery
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait Woodcut

 

Chuck Close
Self-Portrait Woodcut
2009

Jim Kempner Fine Art
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait Screenprint

 

Chuck Close
Self-Portrait Screenprint
2012

Jim Kempner Fine Art
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Chuck Close, Self-Portrait #1

 

Chuck Close
Self-Portrait #1, 1999
prints and multiples, relief

 

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Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein

 

Chuck Close
Roy Lichtenstein, 1993
Polaroid print, mntd

 

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Chuck Close, Selfportrait

 

Chuck Close
Selfportrait, 2012
color pigment print

 

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1940   Born in Monroe, WA
1962   BA, University of Washington School of Art, Seattle, WA
1963   BFA, Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT
1964   MFA, Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT
1965   Fullbright Grant, Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria
1966   Resident Artist, The American Academy, Rome, Italy
1991   Skowhegan Medal for Painting
1992   Elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1996   Resident artist at The American Academy, Rome, Italy
1998   Elected Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
2000   Awarded National Medal of Arts, Washington, DC
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Long Island, NY
2013   Chuck Close Photo Maquettes, Eykyn Maclean, New York, NY (solo)
Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT (solo)
Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2012 - 2013   Chuck Close: Works on Paper 1975-2012, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA (solo)
Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back: The Logan Collection at SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 - 2013   Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA; Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA; Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN; Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; Loveland Museum Gallery, Lincoln, CO; Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS; Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL (solo)
2012   Chuck Close, Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Chuck Close: New Work, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Chuck Close: Multiple Portraits, Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Chuck Close: Actual and Invented Realities, white8 showrooms, Villach, Austria (solo)
Chuck Close, Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, Germany (solo)
2011   Chuck Close, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Chuck Close: Self-Portraits on Paper, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany
Chuck Close: People Who Matter to Me, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, WV (solo)
2010   Chuck Close: Portraits, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (solo)
Chuck Close: Recent Works, Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2009   Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (solo)
Faces: Chuck Close and Contemporary Portraiture, Nevada Museum of Art, NV (solo)
Reflections / Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Contemporary Tapestries, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Chuck Close: Maquettes and Multi-Part Work (1966-2009), Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Chuck Close: Paintings and Tapestries 2005–2009, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
2007 - 2009   Chuck Close: Self Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA; Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2008   Chuck Close: Seven Portraits, State Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
Chuck Close, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (solo)
Chuck Close: Recent Prints, William Shearburn Gallery, Saint Louis, MO (solo)
Iconic Heroes, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
Turning Heads, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
2003 - 2008   Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; White Cube, London, England (solo)
2007   Chuck Close. Paintings: 1968-2006, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Chuck Close. Paintings: 1968-2006, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (solo)
Chuck Close: Pinturas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Chuck Close: Portraits 1969 - 2006, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (solo)
Chuck Close: Family and Others, White Cube Gallery, London, England
2006 - 2007   SELF PORTRAIT: Renaissance to Contemporary, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
2005 - 2006   Chuck Close: Self Portraits 1967–2005, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (solo)
2005   Chuck Close: Recent Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
Prints, Daguerreotypes, & Holograms, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Chuck Close/Franz Gertsch, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
Chuck Close: Face to Face, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC (solo)
2004   Chuck Close: Drawings, Photographs, Prints, Craig F. Starr Associates, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Chuck Close: Recent Paintings, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
Chuck Close: Portraits, American Academy, Rome, Italy (solo)
Chuck Close Prints, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, NY (solo)
2001   Points of Departure, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Chuck Close: Self-Portraits, 1967-2001, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
About Faces, C&M Arts, New York, NY
2000 - 2001   Chuck Close, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (solo)
2000   The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Chuck Close: Daguerreotypes, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany (solo)
1999   Portraits, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Chuck Close, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
The Artist's Eye: Will Barnet Selects from the Collection, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
1993   A Print Project by Chuck Close, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1981   Close Portraits, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1980   Printed Art: A View of Two Decades, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1979   Copie Conforme?, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, France
1971   Chuck Close: Recent Work, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Museum moderner Kunst, Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungary
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, MA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York