Chuck Close is one of four artists chosen to install their art in the newly opened subway stations along the 2nd Avenue Q line. Close's mosaic portraits, including Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Kara Walker, and Close himself, are permanently on view at the 86th Street station. Read a New York Times feature on the subway art installations here. Read an interview of Chuck Close about his subway portraits in Architectural Digest here.
Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood edition features a portfolio of 20 Polaroid portraits of movie stars shot by Chuck Close. The artist requested that his subjects be ready to be photographed without makeup or hair-styling and used a large-format 20x24" Polaroid camera for the close-ups. Close has been creating portraits in a variety of media for five decades. Portraits of stars from Kate Winslet and Oprah Winfrey to Morgan Freeman and Martin Scorcese appear in the March issue. Close's
Portraits by Chuck Close and Zhang Huan of designer, muse, collector and icon Diane von Furstenberg are now on view in a Los Angeles retrospective of DVF fashion. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic wrap dress and follows Pace Beijing's presentation of Diane von Furstenburg: Journey of a Dress three years ago. Read more from W Magazine here. For more details about the exhibition, click here.
Pace is pleased to announce its participation in Frieze, taking place at Regent’s Park, in London, UK from 17 – 20 October 2013. The gallery’s stand (G8) will include a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, video, and multimedia works spanning over 50 years from the 1950s to the present. Pace presentation will feature a selection of works by Lucas Arruda, Yto Barrada, Alexander Calder, Brian Clarke, Chuck Close, George Condo, Keith Coventry, Jim Dine, James Franco,
This summer, Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY will present an exhibition of recent paintings, prints and tapestries by Chuck Close. This is the artist's first exhibition at Guild Hall in over two decades, and will be on view starting August 10 through October 14, 2013. For more information from Guild Hall's website, click here.
Pace is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in SP-Arte, taking place at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, in São Paulo from 4 – 7 April 2013. The gallery’s booth (G2) will include Joel, a large-scale oil-on-canvas portrait of American sculptor Joel Shapiro by Chuck Close; an elegant sculpture by Alexander Calder; a stained glass sculpture homage to the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer by Brian Clarke; and a painting by Mark Rothko. The gallery is proud to feature work
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
"Lou Reed's got wrinkles in his wrinkles." Artist Chuck Close and I are in his ground-floor studio on Bond Street. He's describing a giant tapestry of Reed's face that he's hoping to have ready by mid October. The studio is jammed with assistants color-correcting dyes, poring over photographic images, and managing office business. It's an especially busy time for Team Close—the 72-year-old painter is preparing for his long-awaited fall show at Chelsea's Pace Gallery. Arrayed around the walls are
On November 19, 2011, The Pace Gallery, Beijing will present the second installment of the gallery’s annual “Beijing Voice” exhibition. This is a long term project devised by The Pace Gallery, Beijing to consider and interpret the artistic phenomena that are currently underway in the art field. The first installment, Together or Isolated explored the complex interplay between artworks and their sociocultural background while addressing certain phenomena and issues extant in Chinese contemporary
Just days before Diane von Furstenberg was scheduled to have a warts-and-all photo taken by renowned artist Chuck Close, she suffered a skiing accident that left her with a broken nose and dark bruises suffusing her trademark cheekbones. But six weeks later, despite some residual swelling, von Furstenberg strode into the photography studio for her proverbial close-up. The clock was ticking, as the photograph was the last to be taken for “Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress,” her upcoming e
For the second of two Tuesday Talks this week, we hosted members and co-chairs of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, including visual artist Chuck Close, ballet dancer Damian Woetzel, and co-chairs Margo Lion and George Stevens, Jr., in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month. We took your questions from WhiteHouse.gov and facebook, and covered a range of topics from the mission of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities to the steps that can be taken on a l
A 50th birthday usually signifies a midlife crisis, but not in the case of the Pace Gallery: this week, in celebration of a half-century of being modern, the institution's four New York outposts are debuting a multi-gallery exhibition featuring 200 of the most seminal works to have been displayed at the gallery over the last five decades. (Think works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Jasper Johns's "Three Flags," which the Pace sold to the Whitney Museum in 1
Pace Gallery is turning fifty, and instead of a midlife crisis, the gallery is whooping it up with a retrospective show at Pace’s four Manhattan locations. 50 Years at Pace unites some of the major works that Glimcher and Co. have handled, including loans from MoMA and Washington’s National Gallery. Each show examines a different piece of Pace’s history. The 57th Street location will recreate elements of important past exhibitions, including Pablo Picasso: The Avignon Paintings, The Sculpture of
We were surprised to see Stephen Colbert post an update on his Facebook page this afternoon announcing that veteran artist Chuck Close would be on his satirical talk show tonight, Thursday, to “discuss his life and work”. Presumably the appearance is inspired by Chuck’s current exhibition of prints at the Corcoran Gallery, but we are stumped to think what the pseudo-conservative character Colbert portrays could think to ask the famous painter, know for his photorealist and pixelated portraits. I
NEW YORK— Last night AOL — remember them? — threw an artist-and-model-studded event at the New Museum to announce the launch of a new partnership with the artist Chuck Close, who will be spearheading the online company's new "Project on Creativity," part of a rebranding effort to link the company with the seven livelies (rather than, say, dial-up modems). The party drew an eclectic array of downtown staples to the Bowery art institution, including Kate Spade, Will Cotton, Glenn O'Brien, "Work of
Everett, Washington, has produced its share of famous native sons: Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in the political arena, football coach Dennis Erickson for sports and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom in musical circles. In the art world, Everett’s most renowned export is Chuck Close, an artist whose massively scaled portraits have graced billboards, been on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and who was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000. Close was also a Fulbright scholar,
If you ever have the pleasure of standing in front of a Chuck Close portrait, you will never forget it. First of all, the portraits are huge. Faces the size of your whole body -- even bigger. And the detail is unbelievable. For the past few decades, Close has been one of the most preeminent pioneers in portraiture -- experimenting in various media from photography to painting to block printing to weaving. Some call him a photorealist, but his style defies classification. One of his methods is li