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Chuck Close Art

American, 1940-2021

Chuck Close was renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face and was best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings.

After earning his MFA from Yale in 1964, Close took his place atop the American art world by creating large-scale, Photorealistic portraits that have creatively blurred the distinction between photography and painting. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; despite the physical limitations, the artist pressed forward with his work. With a brush taped to his wrist, he continued to paint.

In 2000, Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

"Yes, it is hard to paint blur," Close said. "There are some works I made by using a grid of string to help me perceive changes in depth of focus — something artists have done for centuries. The depth of field in the daguerreotypes is a function of the process of making an image that way, with a very short, very bright flash of light."

Although Close had employed various painterly styles throughout his career, he is perhaps best known for his grid set on the diagonal. Close’s paintings are all-over images where the background of the picture – the negative space – is as important as the face itself, and one cannot exist without the other.

Close often took his family and friends as models, making monumental and classical works that are bold in their simplicity. His work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major retrospective exhibitions at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia de Madrid and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

(Biography provided by Weng Contemporary – ArtXX AG)

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Artist: Chuck Close
Self-Portrait (anamorphic)
By Chuck Close
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Close, Chuck Title: Self-Portrait (anamorphic) Date: 2009 Medium: 16 Color silkscreen on Tosahanga paper, polished steel cylinder, and maple wooden platform Framed Dimen...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Screen

SELF PORTRAIT
By Chuck Close
Located in Aventura, FL
Screenprint in colors, on Somerset paper. Hand signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Sheet size: 64.5 x 54 inches. Image size: 56.75 x 48 inches. Custom framed as pictured. Fram...
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1990s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Paper, Photographic Film

Chuck Close, Sunflower - Pigment Print, Contemporary Art, Signed Print
By Chuck Close
Located in Hamburg, DE
Chuck Close (American, b. 1940) Sunflower, 2011 Medium: Pigment Print Dimensions: 52 × 39 cm (20 1/2 × 15 2/5 in) Edition of 60: Hand signed and numbered Condition: Excellent
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Pigment

Self Portrait
By Chuck Close
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Chuck Close Self Portrait, 2015 Felt Hand Stamp 40h x 30w in 101.60h x 76.20w cm PP I/IV (25) CC025
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2010s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Acrylic

Cecily
By Chuck Close
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Chuck Close Cecily, 2015 Felt Hand Stamp 33.75h x 27.50w in 85.72h x 69.85w cm PP I/IV (40) CC026
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2010s Chuck Close Art

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Acrylic

Tavern, Abstract (1960)
By Chuck Close
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Chuck Close Title: Tavern Year of Work: 1960 Medium: Oil on Canvas Signature: Signed & Dated Upper Left Dimensions: framed 31 x 25 unframed 30 x 24 Provenance: Chuck Close, M...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Chuck Close Art

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Oil

Self Portrait
By Chuck Close
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A suite of four holograms by Chuck Close. "Self Portrait" is a contemporary artwork in a palette of blacks and blues by Chuck Close. Each piece measures 14 x 11 in. The work is editi...
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20th Century Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Mixed Media

Untitled (Kate #14)
By Chuck Close
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Chuck Close Title: Untitled (Kates #14) Year: 2005 Medium: Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Satin paper Edition: 25 + Proofs; signed, dated and numbered in pencil Sheet: 2...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Digital Pigment

Self Portrait
By Chuck Close
Located in New York, NY
Self Portrait, 2007 Lithograph/Silkscreen Print Edition of 118 38 x 30 inches b. 1940, Monroe, WA Chuck Close is best known for the monumental heads he paints in thousands of tiny ...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Chuck Close Art

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Lithograph

Lorna Simpson I by Chuck Close
By Chuck Close
Located in Morton Grove, IL
inkjet print on kozo paper 1996-1997 image size - 38.5 x 31.5''; frame size - 50 x 42” Edition: 4/10 portrait of the artist Lorna Simpson
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Early 20th Century Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Inkjet

Dalai Lama
By Chuck Close
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Chuck Close Title: Dalai Lama Year: 2005 Medium: Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper Edition: 300; signed, dated and numbered in pencil Sheet: 49 x 41 1/2 inc...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Digital Pigment

Sunflower
By Chuck Close
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Polaroid polacolor II photograph Signed and dated in ink From: The Indominal Spirit Portfolio, 1990 The Indomitable Spirit Portfolio published in 1990 in an edition of 50. The por...
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1980s Chuck Close Art

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Photographic Paper

Self Portrait
By Chuck Close
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Signed and numbered screen-print self-portrait by Chuck Close, benefiting the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Artwork may be viewed at our warehouse in Brooklyn....
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Early 2000s Realist Chuck Close Art

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Screen

Untitled from Doctors of the World Portfolio
By Chuck Close
Located in New York, NY
Signed in pencil, dated and numbered in pencil on the front from the edition of 100 The present work is a pencil signed and numbered daguerreotype that is part of the 2001 “Doctors o...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Chuck Close Art

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Pigment

Untitled (Sunflower)
By Chuck Close
Located in Zug, CH
Chuck Close Untitled (Sunflower), 2011 Pigment Print Edition of 60 52 x 39 cm (20.4 x 15.3 in) Signed, numbered and dated in pencil on the front Accompanied by Certificate of Authen...
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2010s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Pigment

Untitled (Kate #11)
By Chuck Close
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Chuck Close Title: Untitled (Kates #11) Year: 2005 Medium: Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Satin paper Edition: 25; signed, dated and numbered in pencil Sheet: 17 x 22 in...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Digital Pigment

Chuck Close, Brad, Photography, Woodburytype, portrait of Brad Pitt
By Chuck Close
Located in Houston, TX
Chuck Close's career spans many techniques, and though he is most well-known for his photo-realistic portraits, the artist has often made photographic portraits. This portrait of act...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Chuck Close Art

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Photographic Paper

Renee Cox
By Chuck Close
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Chuck Close Title: Renee Cox Year: 2012 Medium: Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper Edition: 25; signed, dated and numbered in pencil Sheet: 35 3/4 x 26 inche...
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2010s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Digital Pigment

SELF PORTRAIT 2
By Chuck Close
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, numbered and dated by the artist in pencil. From the Self Portrait 1-5 series. Artwork is in excellent condition. Image size: 25 x 19 inches. Frame size: 32.6 x 25.75 in...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Paper, Photographic Film

Janet
By Chuck Close
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Working with an array of assistants, printmakers, and publishers, Close has explored just about every conceivable type of printmaking technique, from etching, aquatint, lithography, ...
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1980s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Linocut

Phil, Fingerprint
By Chuck Close
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Signed by the artist.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Screen

Self-Portrait
By Chuck Close
Located in Missouri, MO
Framed Size: 10 x 8 inches Signed in Pencil on Front Matting Numbered Verso, Edition 170/200 *Benefit Print for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, printed at Spri...
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1990s Photorealist Chuck Close Art

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Silk, Photogravure, Tissue Paper

Phil (WC print on Japanese HMP)
By Chuck Close
Located in San Francisco, CA
Watercolor pigment print on Awagami handmade BIZAN White Thick 200 grams, hand-coated Edition of 10 Magnolia
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chuck Close Art

James
By Chuck Close
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Utilizing a variety of vibrant colors in a myriad of varied, small geometric shapes, Chuck Close creates a startlingly lifelike portrayal of his subject of fellow artist James Siena....
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Screen

Nat/Felt Hand Stamp
By Chuck Close
Located in San Francisco, CA
Felt hand stamp Edition of 40
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Oil

Untitled
By Chuck Close
Located in New York, NY
1967/printed 1999 Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, recto Iris print (Edition of 100) 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm), sheet 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm), image Contact ga...
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1960s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Digital

John II
By Chuck Close
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist: Chuck Close Title: John II Year: 1986 – 1990 Medium: 6-run direct gravure Size: 30 x 23 inches Edition: 40 Chuck Close Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer w...
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1990s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Engraving, Photogravure

Phil I (White)
By Chuck Close
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pressed paper pulp in greys Edition of 15
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1980s Chuck Close Art

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Paper

Inka
By Chuck Close
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edition of 3 Archival watercolor pigment print on Hahnemühle rag paper
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2010s Chuck Close Art

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Pigment

John II
By Chuck Close
Located in Morton Grove, IL
6-run direct gravure Edition 26/40 Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic...
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1980s Contemporary Chuck Close Art

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Photogravure

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