Chuck Close, James, 2004


Signed Chuck Close screenprint, James, 2004

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Artist:Chuck Close (1940 - 9999)

Title:James, 2004

Medium:Screenprint in Colors

Image Size:62 1/4 in x 48 1/4 in (158.1 cm x 122.6 cm)

Sheet Size:69 1/2 in x 54 3/8 in (176.5 cm x 138.1 cm)

Framed Size:73 in x 58 in (185.4 cm x 147.3 cm)

Edition:Numbered from edition of 80 in pencil in the lower margin; published by Pace Editions.

Signature:This work is hand-signed by Chuck Close (Monroe, 1940 - ) in pencil in the lower margin.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition.

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Utilizing a variety of vibrant colors in a myriad of varied, small geometric shapes, Chuck Close creates a startlingly lifelike portrayal of his subject James. James appears as if staring the viewer straight in the eye; he is fearless and slightly confrontational, eager to address the viewer's gaze head on. Close masters the ability to create a cohesive whole while still allowing the viewer to witness the small components from which his subject in entirety is constructed, creating a stunning piece that encourages the viewer to observe the piece both up close and far away.

Created in 2004, this screenprint in colors is hand-signed by Chuck Close (Monroe, 1940 – ) in pencil in the lower margin and numbered from the edition of 80 in pencil in the lower margin. This piece was published by Pace Editions.

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Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Chuck Close
Chuck Close (1940-9999)

Chuck Close Biography

Chuck Close (b. 1940), an American photorealist specializing in close-up portraits and self-portraits.
American artist Chuck Close has been a leading figure in contemporary art since the early 1970s. Best known for the monumental heads he has painted in thousands of tiny airbrush bursts, thumbprints, or looping multi-color brushstrokes, Close has developed a formal analysis and methodological reconfiguration of the human face that have radically changed the definition of modern portraiture. This exhibition presents the full spectrum of his career and includes some ninety paintings, drawings, and photographs.
Over the years, Close’s works have evolved from harsh black-and-white images to colorful and brightly patterned canvases of an almost abstract painterliness. Originally associated with photorealism, Close’s rigorously systematic approach and often visibly gridded formats more nearly approximate those of the minimal and process artists who emerged alongside him in the late 1960s. His most recent pictures synthesize Close’s long-standing interest in the spontaneous manner of the Abstract Expressionists with his strict adherence to the self-imposed rules that have guided his art from the beginning.

Close’s sitters are consistently posed in a manner that allows only the subtlest of individual inflections. At first glance the polaroids the artist works from resemble driver’s license or passport photos but are imposing in a way I.D. pictures can never be. Inherently grand in scale and aura even when the format is small and the features portrayed unremarkable, these “maquettes,” as the artist calls them, are a primary product of his sensibility rather than a casually arrived at notational resource. Close chooses his subjects from among his family and friends–including artists such as Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg–to create works that range from coolly unemotional likenesses of unidentified individuals to psychologically charged glimpses of well-known members of the contemporary art world.1

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