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London’s Vilma Gold to Close

March 27th, 2017

Vilma Gold, via Art NewsLondon gallery Vilma Gold has announced that it is closing its doors, and will explore new models of collaboration with its artists, Art News reports.  “The nature of the art world has changed significantly in recent years,” says director and owner Rachel Williams.  “Where a gallery was once centered around a physical space where artists, collectors and curators could engage directly with the exhibition program, the focus has now shifted towards an endlessly accelerating global cycle of fairs which has impacted on the relevance of this traditional model.”
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Canadian Budget Increases Funding for Arts by $1.8 billion

March 27th, 2017

CBC, via Globe and MailThe Canadian government has increased its arts and culture funding by $1.8 billion, including a sizable commitment to indigenous language programming.  “This investment will be delivered through the second phase of social infrastructure funding,” the budget reads.
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Tate Britain to Remain Open Until Midnight for Final Days of David Hockney Show

March 27th, 2017

david-hockney-via-art-newspaperTo cope with demand for David Hockney’s exhibition at the Tate Britain, the museum will remain open until midnight during the final weekend run in May.  “David is without a doubt one of Britain’s greatest living artists – his impact on art and culture is immeasurable. We anticipate this will be one of the most visited exhibitions in Tate’s history,” director Alex Farquharson says.
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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