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b. 1940, USA

Chuck Close Biography

Chuck Close is renowned for his highly inventive techniques, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids.

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Beginning in 1988, Close faced new personal and artistic challenges after suffering a collapsed spinal artery that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. Through his remarkable courage and tenacity, his condition improved, and though dependent on a wheelchair, he was able to begin painting again with a customized brace. Close’s work continues to evolve in surprising ways. Incorporating new techniques, from nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to twenty-first-century computer-generated Iris prints, he has remained committed to rigorous experimentation within his rigidly defined practice. Through more than thirty-five years of “isms” and art movements, Close has operated on his own continuum, one that never fails to propel his work to new places.

In 2000, Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has served on the board of many arts organizations, and was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Chuck Close Featured Artworks

S.P.III. by Chuck Close contemporary artwork
Chuck CloseS.P.III., 2007Four black and white Polaroid prints
162.6 x 182.9 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Baby Jane by Chuck Close contemporary artwork
Chuck CloseBaby Jane, 2018–2019Oil on canvas
260.4 x 213.4 cm
Pace Gallery
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something by Chuck Close contemporary artwork
Chuck CloseA Couple of Ways of Doing Something, 2006A book of 20 portraits by Chuck Close with 20 poems by Bob Holman
16 1/2 x 13 x 2 1/2 inches
Beyer Projects Enquire about this work

Chuck Close Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–18 July 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Chuck Close, Chuck Close at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
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10 January–14 March 2020 Chuck Close Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Mutated Reality at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
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27 November 2015–3 March 2016 Group Exhibition Mutated Reality Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow

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Chuck Close In Ocula Magazine

Terrie Sultan Ocula Conversation Terrie Sultan By Jane O'Sullivan, Sydney

Terrie Sultan is the energetic curator behind the incredibly popular series of exhibitions Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration. First staged in Houston in 2003, the show has now been exhibited over twenty times around the world. The exhibition changes each time, reflecting the fact that Close continues to make prints and push the...

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Chuck Close In Related Press

From Chuck Close to Sarah Sze, a Ride Through the Art of the Second Avenue Subway Related Press From Chuck Close to Sarah Sze, a Ride Through the Art of the Second Avenue Subway 5 January 2017, Hyperallergic

On New Year’s Day, there were two ways you could celebrate 2017 on either end of New York City’s Q train: take it all the way to Coney Island and go for a frigid swim with the Polar Bear Club or journey to three new Manhattan stops nearly a century in the making. The Second Avenue Subway, following long delays, incredible cost, and years of...

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Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway Related Press Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway 20 December 2016, The New York Times

When a city has been waiting for a badly needed new subway line since 1929, public art is probably far down the list of expectations, well behind accommodations like a) working trains, b) lights and c) some means of entrance and egress. But when commuters descend into the new Second Avenue subway’s four stations, at 96th, 86th, 72nd and 63rd...

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The mysterious metamorphosis of Chuck Close Related Press The mysterious metamorphosis of Chuck Close 13 July 2016, The New York Times

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit Chuck Close at his beach house on Long Island. The drive there always reminds me of an escape to the Hamptons in reverse. From the aristocratic brownstones of Park Slope, you work your way steadily down the socioeconomic ladder, past the towering Soviet-­style apartment complexes of Coney Island, through...

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The Magic Of Chuck Close'S Prints At Mca, Sydney - Review Related Press The Magic Of Chuck Close'S Prints At Mca, Sydney - Review 7 December 2014, Nicholas Forrest for Blouin ArtInfo / 28 November 2014

American artist Chuck Close’s singular artistic vision is not something that can be taught, or for that matter explained. In fact, walking through the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) “Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration,” there is a strong sense that Close sees the world differently to everyone else...

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