A portrait of President Barack Obama by Chuck Close was recently unveiled at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., in celebration of the Democratic National Convention. Based on a Polaroid photograph of the President, the tapestry is one of ten that will be available for sale in support of the Obama Victory Fund. Close flew to Washington, D.C., this summer to photograph Obama, resulting in two portraits—one of the president smiling, and another with a more serious expression.
This marks Close's second time as a presidential portraitist: he also photographed and painted Bill Clinton, and he's photographed presidential hopefuls Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.
In October, Pace will present a show of new portraits by Close, featuring friends and fellow artists including Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Philip Glass, and Paul Simon. The exhibition will be on view at 534 West 25th Street from October 19 through December 22.