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Chuck Close

[American Photorealist Painter, born in 1940]

• Subject matter:  Specializes in Portraits.
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There is a tradition of emphasizing those key areas of the face which control likeness, while the skin, neck, hair and background are not considered of primary importance in the reading of a portrait. I wanted to make those areas almost as interesting and important as the more symbolic areas of the face.
- Chuck Close, quoted in Realists at Work


    Chuck Close Works Online    
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Original works by Chuck Close available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
Stanley II, 1980-81

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Maquette for April, 1990

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
3 works

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Self-Portrait, 2000
(In the "Screenprint" section)

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Notable SiteNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri
Self-Portrait, 1996 (Zoom)

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice   NEW!

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteChuck Close at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Untitled Torso (K.W.)

Academy Art Museum, Maryland

Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina

Akron Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
(Click on the "View objects by this artist" link)

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Lorna Simpson, digital pigment print, 2006

Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C.
Bill, 1990

Bibliotheque Nationale de France (in French)  
Phil/Fingerprint, 1981

Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, Texas
Mini-site for a 2003 exhibition

Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Indiana

Broad Art Foundation

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Connecticut

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Self-Portrait, 2006

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Self-Portrait, 2002-2003

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Lorna I, 1996

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (in German)  

Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York

Miami Art Museum, Florida
Page for a 2004 exhibition. There is a pretty good self-portrait in .PDF format if you click on "gallery notes"

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Frank, acrylic on canvas, 1969
Phil / Fingerprint, lithograph, 1981

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago
Note the link at the bottom of the page to all works in their collection by Chuck Close

Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York City
Self-Portrait, 1988

Orlando Museum of Art, Florida
Leslie/ Fingerprint

Philadelphia Museum of Art   NEW!

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis, Missouri
Keith, 1970

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Keith/Random Fingerprint Version, 1979

S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Ghent, Belgium

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
Keith, 1970

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida
Self-portrait Composite Sixteen Parts, 1987

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida
Georgia/Fingerprint I, 1985

University of Kentucky Art Museum
Phil III, 1982

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Leslie, color woodblock print, 1993

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Chuck Close at CGFA

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Photograph of an unidentified painting from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Keith, mezzotint, 1972

ArtsNet Minnesota

Blind Spot Magazine

Crown Point Press

Hyperrealism and Photorealism

UBS Financial Services Art Collection

University of Washington, Seattle

W Magazine
5-page article about Philip Glass's ballet inspired by Chuck Close's life and work

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
See link 40, and link 41 for an extreme close-up of the same painting

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Chuck Close  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Art + Auction Magazine
John, 1971-72 (from a Photo gallery accompanying the article Keeping it Real)


Bomb Magazine
Interview with the artist Joe Zucker, conducted by Chuck Close

FAD - art fast news
Kate Moss

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 30): Chuck Close and Tom Friedman

Resource Library Magazine

Slate Magazine
"No Cigar: The creation of Chuck Close, art-world hero," article by Christopher Benfey

Chuck Close at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
1987 interview from the Oral History project (with sound clip)

Tate Gallery, London, UK
Biography only

The Brooklyn Rail
Interview with the artist

The New York Observer
"Chuck Close's MoMA Show? You Could Do a Lot Worse", article by Hilton Kramer

The Washington Post

University of Washington Alumni Magazine
Article on Close's life as a UW student, his career, and the blood clot which left him partially paralyzed

Big Think
Chuck Close discusses various subjects on video

Princeton University, New Jersey
Scroll down to [b]October 9, 2003[/b] for a video in multiple formats of Chuck Close lecturing at Princeton. The length isn't indicated but it looks like about a half-hour or so.

The Charlie Rose Interview Show (PBS)
Several appearances by Chuck Close

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
search inside

Chuck Close Prints: Process & Collaboration

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Chuck Close, Up Close

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Parkett # 60: Chuck Close, Diana Thater, Luc Tuymans


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