Chuck Close Photographs

Chuck Close (American, born 1940). Self-Portrait/Composite/Nine Parts, 1979, Nine color Polaroid mounted on canvas, 82 x 68 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Gift of Barbara and Eugene Schwartz.
Chuck Close Photographs
May 10, 2015 to July 26, 2015

This comprehensive survey explores how Chuck Close—perhaps one of the most important figures in contemporary art—has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches. The photographic origin of each Close painting is well known; however, Close’s exploration of the medium extends far beyond the use of photographs as a programmatic tool. For the first time in his extensive exhibition history, this project delves into the full range of his photographic works, presenting some 90 images spanning 1964 to the present, ranging from straightforward black and white portraits to monumentally scaled, composite Polaroids to the intimately scaled daguerreotypes.

Exhibition Catalogue
Chuck Close: Photographer

Chuck Close, Terrie Sultan, Colin Westerbeck
2014, Parrish Art Museum, distributed by Prestel Publishing
204 pages, $65

Documenting Chuck Close's vital engagement with photography over the course of many decades, this book offers the first full critical assessment of his work behind the camera. With a penetrating essay by Colin Westerbeck and a fascinating conversation with the artist about his personal vision of photography, this book is destined to become an indispensable publication on one of the art world's most talented and intriguing figures. Available for purchase through the Museum Shop.


This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Lannan Foundation; Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation; Louise and Leonard Riggio; The Muriel F. Siebert Foundation; Pace Gallery, New York; Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman; Jennifer Rice and Michael Forman; Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Andrea Krantz and Harvey Sawikin; Gretchen and Andrew McFarland; Arthur Loeb Foundation; and those who wish to remain anonymous.