Chuck Close by Siri Engberg
Self-Portraits 1967-2005

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A celebrated, popular and influential figure in American art, Chuck Close has focused exclusively, and with great innovation, on the genre of portraiture. This exhibition, co-organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, explores the artist's work in self-portraiture over four decades and across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking. The first comprehensive museum survey of Close's self-portraits, the exhibition and its accompanying publication offer a fascinating glimpse of an artist's self-examination and evolution over time and elucidate his unbounded, process-driven experimentation with media and techniques. Working with the seemingly narrow subject of his own face, Close has produced a richly varied trove that ranges from intimately scaled collage maquettes and fingerprint drawings to monumental gridded canvases; from the sharp definition of certain photographic techniques to the ghostly blurs of daguerreotypes and holograms; from the tactile complexity of paper pulp editions to the smooth, mechanical surfaces of Polaroids and digital ink-jet prints; from the subtle tonalities of gray-scale paintings and drawings to the exuberance of an 111-color screenprint. When Close unleashes his imagination on his own visage, this familiar figure is at his most revealing.
 

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Siri Engberg is associate curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, repository of the largest archive of Motherwell's prints. A native of New Haven, she studied at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin and at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis. Chuck Close was born in Monroe, Washington, in 1940 and studied visual art at Yale University. Photography has been an integral part of his painting process since the mid-60s, and later became a body of work in its own right. Close has also distinguished himself as a master of printmaking. Since 1967 his work has been the subject of more than 100 major exhibitions throughout the world. Madeleine Grynsztejn is Curator of Painting and Sculpture atMadeleine Grynsztejn is Curator of Painting and Sculpture atMadeleine Grynsztejn is Curator of Painting and Sculpture atMadeleine Grynsztejn is Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Julian Myers is a P the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Julian Myers is a P the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Julian Myers is a P the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Julian Myers is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of art at the University of Cah.D. candidate in the history of art at the University of Cah.D. candidate in the history of art at the University of Cah.D. candidate in the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley. lifornia, Berkeley. lifornia, Berkeley. lifornia, Berkeley. Douglas R. Nickel is curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
 
Published August 15, 2005 by Walker Art Center/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 152 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Unless I find out something like, oh, I don’t know… who the Corcoran’s new director is before the Dec. 2 announcement, this will be MAN’s last post until Dec. 5.

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