Pace Prints will present an exhibition that features Chuck Close’s complex woodcut "Self-Portrait" (2015) and the process behind its creation on view at 521 W. 26th Street, 3rd Floor March 2—April 8, 2017.
Self-Portrait (2015) was created over three years from 24 blocks that were used to render the image in 84 colors. The exhibition will include a selection of these woodblocks and progressive proofs together with the published print.
Throughout his career, Chuck Close has used his own image as a creative vehicle for his exploration of painting techniques and styles. "Self-Portrait" (2015) represents a significantly different facial perspective from earlier self portraits.
"Self-Portrait" (2015) was included in "Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, quotes Close in the introduction to her catalogue “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” saying, “Virtually everything that happens in my unique work can be traced back to the prints.”