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Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

August 27th, 2015

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12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

August 27th, 2015

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Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

August 27th, 2015

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Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

August 27th, 2015

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Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

August 27th, 2015

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William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

August 27th, 2015

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New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

August 24th, 2015

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Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

August 24th, 2015

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Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

August 24th, 2015

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The Broad Set to Open September 20th

August 24th, 2015

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NPR Investigates Quality of Engagement at Museums Worldwide and Dangers to Art World

August 24th, 2015

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Dutch Police Arrest Alleged Forger Asking €15 million for Fake Van Gogh

August 24th, 2015

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Peter Zumthor Profield in LA Review of Books

August 24th, 2015

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Marketplace Looks at Art Equity Startup Arthena

August 21st, 2015

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Ed Vaizey Places Export Bar on First Eyewitness Rendering of Niagara Falls

August 21st, 2015

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Stolen Andrew Wyeth Paintings Recovered from Reality Show Pawn Shop

August 21st, 2015

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Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million Anonymous Donation

August 20th, 2015

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NPR Profiles Paul Durand-Ruel

August 20th, 2015

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Forbes Takes a Hard Look at For-Profit Academy of Art University

August 20th, 2015

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German Historian Appointed Head of Uffizi Gallery as Italy Launches Shakeup of National Museums

August 20th, 2015

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LACMA’s Michael Govan Awarded 2015 ICI Leo Award

August 20th, 2015

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Artist to Fill Covent Garden Market with 100,000 Balloons

August 18th, 2015

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Turner Prize Show to Tour Scotland in Traveling Exhibition

August 18th, 2015

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New York Times Looks at Ongoing Competition Among Top Auction Houses

August 18th, 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