Chuck Close, ‘Self Portrait’, 2007, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project

b. 1940, Monroe, WA

Chuck Close is best known for the monumental heads he paints in thousands of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-color brushstrokes. Over the past forty years, Close has developed a formal analysis and methodological reconfiguration of the human face that has radically changed the definition of modern portraiture. His sitters are chosen from among his family and friends - including artists such as Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg – and are posed in a manner that allows only the subtlest of individual inflections.

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Signature: Signed and numbered

Publisher: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Art at Lincoln Center: The Public Art and List Print and Poster Collections, Charles A. Riley II, 2009

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