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Miami Beach’s Bass Museum Sets October 8th for Reopening

May 26th, 2017

Bass Museum, via Art NewspaperMiami Beach’s Bass Museum is set to reopen on October 8th, following a $12 million renovation that saw a number of delays and set-backs.  “We worked within the existing footprint of the Bass museum, but we somehow were able to increase the usable square footage dramatically,” says architect David Gauld. 
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Martin Roth Facing Criticism Over Azerbaijan Pavilion Curatorship

May 26th, 2017

Martin Roth, via Art NewspaperCurator Martin Roth is facing criticism for his work in co-organizing this year’s Azerbaijan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, due to the country’s current authoritarian regime.  “There is a lot that needs to be improved in Azerbaijan,” Roth said in response.  “If you no longer speak to each other, everything will be lost.”
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Artists Space to Reopen Next Year in TriBeCA

May 26th, 2017

Artists Space, via Art NewsNew York’s Artists Space has found a new home at 80 White Street in TriBeCa, with an opening date set for sometime next year.  “The successful conclusion of our search for a new exhibition venue is great news for Artists Space itself and for the arts community as a whole, which has been justifiably concerned that economic pressures are making downtown New York untenable for artists and arts organizations alike,” says director and curator Jay Sanders.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Chuck Close

Image via NY Mag
b. 1940
Lives and works in:

Bridgehampton, New York

Represented by:

Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York

Education includes:

University of Washington, Seattle, B.A.

Yale University School of Art and Architecture, B.F.A., M.A.

Akademie der Bildenen Kunste, Vienna

Close is known for his large-format paintings in a style called “photorealism” or “superrealism”, which often involves using a grid technique to enlarge a photograph and treat each square as its own painting. His “Big Self Portrait” was the first of his mural-sized works, and took four months to complete. He carefully transferred each square’s detail with acrylic paint and an airbrush. His concern for photographic elements such as shape, texture, volume and shadow can be seen in his precise painting technique.

Following a B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and a B.F.A and M.F.A. from Yale University, he studied at Akademie der Bildenen Kunste in Vienna on a Fulbright Grant. Shortly after his return to New York City in 1967, Close’s work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 1969, followed by a solo exhibit in 1970 and an exhibit at New York’s MoMA in 1973.

Big Self Portrait, (1968) via Telegraph

In 1988, a spinal blood clot left him a quadriplegic. With the help and canvas preparation done by his assistants, he developed a new way of painting with a paintbrush between his teeth. He began to use grisaille (a technique which uses only grey tints) and pointillism (a technique of using dots of color that seem to fuse together froma distance) within the grids rather than the precise photorealistic style. Each square in the grid is still treated as a mini-painting, which comes together as one large painting when viewed from a distance.

Bill Clinton, (2006) via Telegraph

His portrait subjects have included Richard Serra, Phillip Glass, Cindy Sherman, and Kate Moss.

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, February 29- April 13 [ArtObserved]
Chuck Close curates at Flag Foundation [ArtObserved]
Chuck Close documentary debuts in New York[ArtObserved]
White Cube Mason’s Yard [ArtObserved]

External Links

http://www.chuckclose.coe.uh.edu/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Close