Chuck Close, ‘Untitled (for Peter Hujar)’, 2000, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Chuck Close, ‘Untitled (for Peter Hujar)’, 2000, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Chuck Close, ‘Untitled (for Peter Hujar)’, 2000, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.

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In this photograph from Chuck Close's series of nudes, the artist crops an image of a young man's naked body, forcing pwn gaze to the subject's musculature body and genitals. Known for his close-up portraits, Close here refocuses on the body, in a work dedicated to his friend the photographer Peter Hujar, who died of AIDs complications in 1987.

Signature: Signed, dated and numbered in pencil

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