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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

Notable SiteButler Institute of American Art, Ohio
Georgia, 1984

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Alex, woodcut, 1991
Roy II, 1994

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

Notable SiteChuck Close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration

Notable SiteChuck Close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
16 works online when last checked

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 SiteChuck Close at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Fanny/Fingerpainting, 1985

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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

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

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

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

Chuck Close in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

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

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

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

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

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

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteArtcyclopedia
Masterscan feature: Self-Portrait

Notable SiteChuck 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 reference works  
The "Art Encyclopedia" entry is from the Concise Grove Dictionary of Art (2002). The "Photography Encyclopedia" entry is from the The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (2005).

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

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

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

Time Magazine
"Close, Closer, Closest", 1981 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Close Encounters", 1998 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Blowing Up the Closeup: No painter was ever more aptly named than Chuck Close", 1977 article by Robert Hughes

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

Google Video
30-minute documentary: The Artist Studio: Chuck Close

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.
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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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Chuck Close: Self-Portrait, 2000-2001
Self-Portrait, 2000-2001

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Chuck Close: Phil Fingerprint, 1979
Phil Fingerprint, 1979

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