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Marc Quinn’s NYPL Blood Sculpture Profiled in Forbes

June 20th, 2019

Marc Quinn’s upcoming installation for the NYPL is profiled in Forbes this week, as the artist collects blood from 10,000 people to create two sculptures, one with the blood of refugees and one with the blood of other donors. “It’s the type of thing you look at and say: ‘I can’t say which one I am, so I must be both,’” he says. “There’s no difference between them. They’re like a gateway, in a way. They’re about arrivals and departures.”
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Almine Rech to Open in Shanghai

June 20th, 2019

Almine Rech, will open in Shanghai next month, sharing a floor on 27 Huqiu Road with Lisson. “The decision to expand to Asia was a natural one for us, as we’ve long been interested in the Asian market and engaged with collectors in the region through our participation in art fairs, as well as institutional outreach, collaboration, and regular visits to the region,” says owner Almine Rech-Picasso.
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Lonnie Holley Interviewed in Artforum

June 20th, 2019

Artist Lonnie Holley is interviewed in Artforum this week, speaking on his music and his vision for his broader body of work. “All my work, in any form, comes down to oneness,” he says. “The oneness is important: the oneness goes all the way down to this one universe that we believe in; this one mothership, our planet Earth, that we live in; this one mother that gave birth to us and that we should respect; and then that one gray spot that we’re going to after we are dead and gone.”
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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