Museum Exhibitions

Chuck Close Photographs at the Parrish Art Museum

Chuck Close Photographs
May 10, 2015 – July 26, 2015
Parrish Art Museum

This comprehensive survey explores how Chuck Close, perhaps one of the most important figures  in contemporary art, has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches. The photographic origin of each Close painting is well known; however, Close’s exploration of the medium extends far beyond the use of photographs as a programmatic tool. For the first time in his extensive exhibition history, this project delves into the full range of his photographic works, presenting nearly 80 images spanning 1964 to the present, ranging from straight- forward black and white portraits to monumentally scaled, composite Polaroids to the intimately scaled daguerreotypes. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book published by Prestel, authored by co-curators Colin Westerbeck and Terrie Sultan.

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Chuck Close

Chuck Close is renowned for his innovative conceptual portraiture. He began creating photorealist portraits from photographs in the late 1960s, using a grid to map each facial detail. In the late 1970s, he began shifting away from this approach, creating images with layers of autonomous shapes and colors that cohere into his subject’s face when viewed from a distance. Constantly revitalizing his practice, Close works across a variety of media, extending beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, collage, and tapestries based on Polaroids.

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