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Chuck Close (American, b.1940)
LOT ID: 78176
Untitled (Kate #17), 2005

Digital Print, Digital pigment print
22 х 17 in. (55.88 x 43.18 cm.)
Signed, numbered and dated lower margin in pencil.
Print/Casting Year 2005
Edition of 25
Lot description
Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Satin paper, sheet size is 22 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 cm).

This is an original digital pigment print by world renowned Photo-realist artist Chuck Close entitled 'Untitled'(Kate #17) from 2005. The piece is hand signed, numbered, and dated in pencil by the artist from the small edition of 25 being printed on Hahnemuhle Satin paper.

A work of extraordinary artistic quality that portrays English model Kate Moss, inspiring muse for Close but also for other great contemporary photographers. Indeed, when Close met Kate Moss he said: “She stood before me without combing her hair nor ever looking at herself in the mirror”; while the famous star of international catwalks said: “I have already had enough pretty portraits of myself. Then he looked at me with a certain complicity as he knew that he was doing another one of me”.

Since the tender age of fourteen, Kate Moss has been one of the most sought after supermodels, gracing magazine covers and catwalks the world over. Now, she seems to have made the transformation to the primary artist's muse of our young century.

Close is internationally celebrated for his systematic straight faced portraits which he began producing in the late 1960s. Always-innovative, Chuck Close (B. 1940, Monroe, WA) is unafraid to experiment with both subject and medium. He is best known for his large scale photorealist portraits composed of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-color brushstrokes. Close implements a variety of mediums to repeatedly capture his personality and that of others in self-portraits and portraits. His subjects are usually his family and friends, including artists such as Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg. Close’s work forces the viewer to pay attention to not only the forms themselves, but also their very process of creation. Close references the daguerreotypes of nineteenth century portraiture, where his subjects are both humanized, and perversely, reduced to ethereal shapes, forms, and light.

Select Public Collections:
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
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Untitled (Kate #17) by Chuck Close
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