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Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet Profiled in FT

July 27th, 2015

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Tate Modern Announces 2016 Exhibitions for Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Rauschenberg

July 27th, 2015

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Fate of SC State University Museum Collection Caught in Middle of Financial Dispute

July 27th, 2015

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Matthew Eck to Launch New Art Fair in Miami Beach this December

July 27th, 2015

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Miami Building Project Featuring Works by James Turrell and Richard Serra Delayed Indefinitely

July 26th, 2015

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R.I.P. Ingrid Sichy, International Editor of Condé Nast and Writer, 63

July 26th, 2015

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More Engravings Disappear from French National Library

July 24th, 2015

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Rikrit Tiravanija Opens First Commercial Kitchen

July 24th, 2015

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Ground Zero Arts Center Sees Funding Cut

July 24th, 2015

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More Dealers Allowing Collectors to Try Art Out Before Buying

July 23rd, 2015

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Documenta Curator Adam Szymczyk Interviewed on State of Greek Crisis and Its Ties to Event

July 23rd, 2015

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Paris Art Dealer Opens Sculpture Park in Côte d’Azur

July 23rd, 2015

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Michael Heizer’s “City” in Basin and Range Sits at Center of Debate Over Public Lands

July 23rd, 2015

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Japanese Curator Launches Inaccessible Exhibition on Grounds of Fukushima Power Plant

July 22nd, 2015

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Startup Verisart Using Block Chain to Authenticate Artworks

July 22nd, 2015

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FT Profiles Edi Rama, Artist and Prime Minister of Albania

July 20th, 2015

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Whitechapel Announces London Open 2015

July 20th, 2015

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Steve McQueen and Kanye West Video Running at LACMA

July 20th, 2015

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James Turrell Honored at LACMA’s Art+Film Gala

July 20th, 2015

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Thelma Golden Interviewed in WSJ

July 20th, 2015

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Jeff Koons Buys Three Story Warehouse in Hell’s Kitchen

July 20th, 2015

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Leigh Morse Ordered to Continue Repayments on $1.6 Million Fraud Restitution

July 20th, 2015

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Brussels As An Emerging Art Center

July 20th, 2015

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Hermitage Museum Announces Plans for Contemporary Outpost in Moscow

July 20th, 2015

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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