Celebrated as one of the most influential figurative painters of our time, Chuck Close has remained a vital presence by focusing exclusively on portraiture, a genre often under-recognized in contemporary art. Since the 1960s, Close has used his inimitable style of realistic painting to portray a wide range of subjects, including friends, family, fellow artists, and himself. This exhibition, co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, focuses exclusively on Close’s self-portraits in all of the media in which he works: painting, drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking. Including a broad array of examples from throughout Close’s career, the exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse of an artist’s self-examination through time, beginning with his first self-portrait acquired by the Walker in 1969.
A fully illustrated catalogue will feature essays by the exhibition curators and Doug Nickel, Director of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona. Following its presentations in Minneapolis and San Francisco, the exhibition will tour to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.
Curators: Siri Engberg (Walker), Madeleine Grynsztejn (SFMOMA)