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  • Selections from Chuck Close PhotographsSeptember 11 – December 6, 2015 University Museum of Contemporary Art University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Maquette for Self Portrait, 1975 b&w polaroid scored with ink and masking tape, and acetate mounted on foam core, 6½ x 5 inches

Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery New York

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CHUCK CLOSE is one of the most important figures in contemporary art, renowned for more than five decades for his portrait paintings. At the same time he has investigated, experimented, and explored another subject with equal virtuosity: photography. Chuck Close Photographs is a comprehensive survey of significant scope, exploring how the artist has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches throughout his career. It includes 129 photographs spanning from 1968 to the present, ranging from black-and-white portraits to monumentally scaled composite Polaroids, to intimately scaled daguerreotypes. For the first time in his extensive exhibition history, this project delves deeply into the full range of his photographic works.

While a member of the UMass Amherst Art Department, Chuck Close’s very first solo exhibition was held here in 1967. Although he taught at UMass Amherst for a short period of time, his impact and influence were widely felt among students and faculty. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995.

The exhibition is co-organized by Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, Long Island, NY, and Colin Westerbeck, an internationally acclaimed author, independent curator, and former curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.


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Self-Portrait/Five Part, 2009 jaquard tapestry (edition of 6) 79 x 229 inches

Private collection

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Lucas, 1987 color polaroid 32⅜ x 22 inches

Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery

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Bintou, 2013 b&w polaroid diptych mounted on aluminum 2 panels 56 x 22 inches each

Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery

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Bill T. Jones, 2008 b&w polaroid diptych mounted on aluminum, 2 panels, 33⅛ x 21⅞ inches each

Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery

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Self-Portrait, 2004 daguerreotype 8½x 6½ inches

Private collection

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Additional Information

ISSN
2330-0485
Print ISSN
0025-4878
Pages
pp. 569-576
Launched on MUSE
2015-12-06
Open Access
No
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