Chuck Close

Chuck Close

by Robert Storr
     
 

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For the past 30 years, American artist Chuck Close (b. 1940) has concentrated on essentially one subject: the human face. This volume, the most comprehensive assessment of Close's work yet published, includes portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Lucas Samaras, and others. It accompanies a mid-career retrospective opening at The Museum of

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For the past 30 years, American artist Chuck Close (b. 1940) has concentrated on essentially one subject: the human face. This volume, the most comprehensive assessment of Close's work yet published, includes portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Lucas Samaras, and others. It accompanies a mid-career retrospective opening at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in February 1998.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Close's enormous, head-on portraits make us acutely aware that objectivity is a pose. Recently, this photo-realist painter has branched out in different directions. His Polaroid photographs of nudesover-lifesize, multipanel assemblagesare anatomically detailed yet erotically neutral. Their relaxed subjects are presented warmly instead of clinically, as we had come to expect of his work; some of them even smile. Gargantuan, multidot paintings reminiscent of Seurat's pointillist style smudge their way toward realism. Close's recent pictures of his daughter and his friends combine a soft, impressionistic surface with an ultrarealist attitude. With some 250 illustrations (50 in color), this monograph consists of two essays, both of which argue that Close has at least as much in common with conceptualism and minimalism as with photo-realism. Lyons is the author of Close Portraits, Storr of Philip Guston. (September 9)
Library Journal
This well-produced, standard-format catalog is appropriately direct in summing up the career of one of America's great contemporary painters. For three decades Close has painted one subject -- the human head -- in a strikingly immediate, deceptively dispassionate manner. In the 27 years since his first museum show, he has struggled to overcome the label of photorealist, and the subtle but constant evolution demonstrated in this retrospective should finally prove that he never really belonged in that particular school. Instead, a man concerned with the vagaries of paint and its application, with the process of seeing, and with the creative process is what emerges from the 60 extremely rich reproductions, the three essays by Museum of Modern Art curators, and the candid interview. Complete end matter closes the volume. A perfect complement to John Guare's more personal account of Close's paralysis, Chuck Close (LJ 2/15/96), this is recommended for all but the smallest libraries. Eric Bryant, Library Journal Danzker, Jo-Anne Birnie.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870700675
Publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
224

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