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Chuck Close (American, b.1940)
LOT ID: 79933
Self Portrait, 2000

53.4 х 48 in. (135.64 x 121.92 cm.)
Signed, and dated on recto
Edition PP X/X of 80
Foundry/Publisher Pace Editions, Inc.
Lot description
Image measures 53.4 x 48 inches. Sheet measures 65.5 x 54.25 inches. Framed size is 69.5 x 58.5 inches. Frame is in excellent condition, walnut shadowbox molding with matching walnut 3/4" spacers. Archival mounts and backing.

Throughout his career, Chuck Close has repeatedly used his own face to explore the process of description, creating painted and printed portraits based on photographs, which are deconstructed and rebuilt through distinct markings and abstract forms. Reproducing likenesses through this meticulous practice, Close is able to capture the essence of his subjects by altering the way the image is read. With the many self-portraits composed throughout the years, Close has created a thorough account of his life and the physical, mental, and emotional changes that he has experienced. In this work, Close works from a photograph of himself and presents an almost identical representation using a multicolored grid of various shapes. Seen from a distance, the shapes come together to form the artist’s face.

Chuck Close (b. 1940) is an innovative American painter, photographer, and printmaker best known for his large-scale Photorealist portraits. Born in Monroe, Washington, Close received his BFA and MFA from Yale in 1963 and 1964, respectively. Over the course of his celebrated career, he has had more than 150 solo exhibitions of his work, including retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (1998) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2003). Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees. In 2000, he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest distinction granted to artists by the United States government. He lives and works in Bridgehampton, NY and New York, NY.

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
  • Self Portrait by Chuck Close
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