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Guy Wildenstein’s Tax Evasion Trial Begins in Paris

September 23rd, 2016

guy-wildenstein-in-paris-via-abcGuy Wildenstein’s tax evasion trial has begun in Paris, following several delays in the proceedings.  “At that time, there was no law” against the tax havens Wildenstein allegedly used, his lawyer, Herve Temime said in court. “There is therefore an absolute doubt on the very existence of unpaid taxes.”
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Bill Ruprecht Returns to Art World as Advisor in Online Venture

September 23rd, 2016

bill-ruprecht-via-wsjBill Ruprecht has returned to the art world, the WSJ reports, as he chairs the advisory board for the online art venture Invaluable.  “The art world is a hothouse, and I purposefully tried to get a little distance from it,” he told the paper, “but I keep getting drawn back in.”
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Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Museum Receives $42.5 Million Gift for Expansion Project

September 23rd, 2016

jeffrey-gundlach-via-bloombergInvestor Jeffrey Gundlach has made a $42.5 million gift to Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Museum, the largest in the museum’s 154-year history, for a planned expansion project.  “I learned about art by going to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with my family,” Gundlach says. “It was the place that first opened my eyes and mind to the endless possibilities of art and showed me that Buffalo didn’t just have the potential for greatness, but actually had a museum that was world-class.”
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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