Chuck Close, ‘Keith  (III/I)’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Chuck Close, ‘Keith  (III/I)’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Chuck Close, ‘Keith  (III/I)’, 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery

"Keith" is a rare and important vintage lithograph on watermarked Arches paper with elegant deckled edges from the mid 1970s. This is a unique Trial Proof, aside from edition of only 25- the only trial proof created. The last time a work from the regular edition appears to have come up for public auction was back in 2010 - many years ago. The print depicts Keith Hollingworth (b. 1937), a sculptor Close became friends with while they were both teachers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Chuck Close on Keith: "I was a teacher in Amherst, Massachusetts from 1965 to early 1967. Keith Hollingworth also taught; he was a ceramics teacher there. We both came to New York about the same time and lived in SoHo and spent a lot of time together. I was doing portraits and Keith was doing sculpture. I tried to paint anonymous people, unlike Warhol who was doing portraits of celebrities, only my subjects turned out to be famous later on.."
In excellent condition; unframed and never framed.

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Signature: Signed, dated 1974 and numbered TP on the recto (front).

Publisher: Printed by Landfall Press, Chicago

About Chuck Close

Chuck Close reinvented painting with his monumental portraits, rendered with exquisite, exacting realism from photographic sources. Playing with ideas of scale, color, and form, Close has become famous for his rigorous, gridded application of individual color squares, which, although abstract up close, form unified, highly realistic images from afar. “I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made,” he said. “I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have.” Close’s artificially restrictive painting techniques stem in part from physical limitations—he suffers from an inability to recognize faces, and had a spinal injury in 1988 that left him largely paralyzed. Close is particularly known for his portraits of artists, having depicted Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Richard Serra, among countless others. His work links him not only with Photorealists like Richard Estes and Audrey Flack, but also to Conceptual Art.

American, b. 1940, Monroe, Washington, based in New York, New York