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This untitled diptych from Close depicts his keen focus on the male nude. Close redefines portraiture, detracting from any type of identity by cropping the face of his subject out. Close also created such diptychs through daguerreotypes, drawing from photography's long history of mediums to create darker more mysterious images. As part of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, this work was dedicated by Close to Peter Hujar, a photographer who died of AIDS complications in 1987.

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.

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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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  • Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 60.96 cm.)
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