Chuck Close 1940 —

Biography

CHUCK CLOSE   (American b. 1940 - )

 

"If it looks like art, chances are it's somebody else's art."

"Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work."

"Some people wonder whether what I do is inspired by a computer and whether or not that kind of imaging is a part of what makes this work contemporary. I absolutely hate technology, and I'm computer illiterate, and I never use any labor-saving devices although I'm not convinced that a computer is a labor-saving device."  (Chuck Close)


Chuck Close has been grouped loosely with Photo-realism (Hyper Realism; Super Realism), the style of painting, printmaking and sculpture that originated in the USA in the mid-1960s, involving the precise reproduction of a photograph in paint or the mimicking of real objects in sculpture. Its pioneers included the painters Malcolm Morley, Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack (b 1931), Robert Bechtle (b 1932), Robert Cottingham (b 1935), Richard McLean (b 1934), Don Eddy and the English painter John Salt (b 1937), and sculptors such as Duane Hanson and John De Andrea. Though essentially an American movement, it has also had exponents in Europe, such as Franz Gertsch.   

In this style, artists in the early 1970s created a link between representational systems of painting and photography. Photorealism developed as a reaction to the detachment of Minimalism and conceptual art, which did not depict representational images. Photorealists frequently used a grid technique to enlarge a photograph and reduce each square to formal elements of design. Each grid was its own little work of art. Many of the Photorealists used the airbrush technique.

Big Self-Portrait, in black and white, was the first of Close's mural-sized works painted from photographs. This painting took four months to complete. To make this work, Close took several photographs of himself in which his head and neck filled the frame. From these he selected one of the images and made two 11 x 14-inch enlargements. On one of the photographs he drew a grid, then lettered and numbered each square. Using both the gridded and ungridded photographs, he carefully transferred the photographic image square by square onto a large canvas measuring 107 1/2 x 83 1/2 inches. He used acrylic paint and an airbrush to include every detail.

 

 

CHUCK CLOSE - Biography   


Born in Monroe, Washington, Chuck Close is the leading artists associated with both Pop Art and Photo-Realism. He is known for his black and white grid face portraits, "heads" of people's faces that are not idealized, and since the late 1960s has been a mainstay of the contemporary art scene.

He earned B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with highest honors from Yale University and spent 1964 to 1965 in Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught briefly at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and in 1967 moved to New York where to 1971 he taught at the School of Visual Arts. He married Leslie Rose, a landscape historian, and they have daughters, Georgia and Maggie.

Close became an admirer of Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and especially Willem de Kooning, but decided he could only do weak impersonations of their work. He followed his own desire to make original forms, to paint people the way a camera sees them, and he became the only one of his New York abstract artist circle using realistic images.

At first, he rejected color and the sensual qualities of paint and restricted himself to minimal elements of diluted black water-based acrylic paint, systematically applying it square by square to a grid. He based his work on photos he took of himself and his friends and would identify the painting only by the first name of the sitter.

Most of his early works are very large portraits based on photographs (Photorealism or Hyperrealism technique). In 1962, he received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. He then attended graduate school at Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1964. After Yale, he lived in Europe for a while on a Fulbright grant. When he returned to the US, he worked as an art teacher at the University of Massachusetts.

In 1969 his work was included in the Whitney Biennial. His first one man show was in 1970. During the 1970s, he experimented with collage and color, airbrushing acrylic paint and simulating the mechanical process of color-photo printing. Close's work was first exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art in early 1973. One demonstration of the way photography became assimilated into the art world is the success of photorealist painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also called super-realism or hyper-realism and painters like Richard Estes, Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, and Chuck Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs. The everyday nature of the subject matter of the paintings likewise worked to secure the painting as a realist object.

In 1988, he suffered the collapse of a blood vessel in his spinal column, which left him paralyzed from the waist down and confined him to a wheelchair. But within a year, he resumed painting with brushes strapped to his right hand. He brings his subjects to his photo studio in SoHo where he makes large polaroids and then has an assistant place clear acetate and draws a grid. He works from the upper left corner systematically across the surface. He is a strong family man who tries to avoid celebrity status and celebrity portraits. He is adamant about keeping his work affordable for ordinary collectors.

His first retrospective was in 1981 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and in 1998, another one was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  

Works by Chuck Close are in the Denver Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum of Sculpture Garden, The National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Orlando Museum of Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Reynolda House-Museum of American Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Akron Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Dallas Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and the Saint Louis Art Museum among others.

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Chronology
 
1958 - 1962    University of Washington, Seattle, B.A.
1962 - 1964    Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.F.A.
1964 - 1965    Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
1967 - 1971    Taught at The School of Visual Arts, New York
1970 - 1973    Taught at New York University, New York
since 1970      Employs colours in his works; at first only black-and-white
1972              First larger-than life Portrait-photo called John
since 1979      Uses large polaroids as source images
1991              Curated Artist's Choice-Chuck Close: Head-On/The Modern Portrait, Museum of Modern Art, NY, travelled to Lanan Foundation, LA

 
Awards and Honors (selection)


1992    Elected Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
1996    Honorary doctorate from Yale University, New Haven
1998    Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA
1999    Honorary doctorate the Corcoran School of Art
2000    National Medal of Arts, Washington DC
2004    Americans for the Arts Life Time Achievement Award, New York
 
CHUCK CLOSE - Solo Shows

2010
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZ
Look Close - Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York City, NY

2009
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Chuck Close: Recent Work - Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH 
Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections - Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close - Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
Chuck Close Prints - Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Chuck Close. Maquettes and Multi-Part Work - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY
Chuck Close: Selected Paintings and Tapestries 2005 - 2009 - The Pace Gallery - 534 West 25th Street, New York City, NY

2008
Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000 - Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Chuck Close - PHOTOREALISM - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Vienna, Vienna 
Chuck Prints: Process and Collaboration - Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Chuck Close: Self Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000 - Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Chuck Close - William Shearburn Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something - Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Chuck Close: Seven Portraits - The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Chuck Close - Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007
Chuck Close: Family and Others - White Cube, London (England)
Chuck Close Prints - Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
CHUCK CLOSE Recent editions - Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Chuck Close - Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000 - Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Chuck Close - Paintings 1968 - 2006 - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID
Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000 - Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
Chuck Close - Galerie Xippas - Paris, Paris
CHUCK CLOSE - Pinturas: 1968-2006 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid
Chuck Close Prints - Process and Collaboration - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Chuck Close - Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2006
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something - Aperture Gallery, New York City, NY
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967 - 2005 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Chuck Close - Galerie Xippas - Athens, Athens
Chuck Close prints. Process collaboration - The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967 - 2005 - The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Chuck Close Prints - Process and Collaboration - Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach

2005
Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967-2005 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967-2005 - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Chuck Close - Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Chuck Close: Recent Paintings - The Pace Gallery - 534 West 25th Street, New York City, NY
Chuck Close Face to Face - Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2004
No Boundaries - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Chuck Close - Prints, rocess and Collaboration - MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Chuck Close Prints - Process and Collaboration - Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, TN
CHUCK CLOSE: A COUPLE WAYS OF DOING SOMETHING - Freight + Volume, New York City, NY
Chuck Close: Drawings, Photographs, Prints - Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York City, NY
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

2003
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration - Blaffer Gallery - The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX
Chuck Close: A Selection of Prints - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Chuck Close - White Cube, London (England)

2002
Chuck Close - Recent Works: Paintings and Daguerreotypes - The Pace Gallery - 534 West 25th Street, New York City, NY

2001
Chuck Close - Self Portraits 1967-2001 - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000
Chuck Close - Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Chuck Close - Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich
Chuck Close: New Work - - PaceWildenstein - Greene St. (closed), New York City, NY (closed)

1999
Chuck Close - Photographs - White Cube, London (England)

1998
Chuck Close - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Chuck Close - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
Chuck Close - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1997
Chuck Close - Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Chuck Close - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

1995
Chuck Close: Recent Paintings - - PaceWildenstein - Greene St. (closed), New York City, NY

1994
Chuck Close - Retrospektive - Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich
Chuck Close - Retrospektive - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden

1989
Chuck Close: A Work in Process - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1985
Chuck Close: Works on Paper - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

1982
Chuck Close / MATRIX 50 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA

1979
Chuck Close - Kunstraum München e.V., Munich

1975
An Exhibition of Drawings: Chuck Close - The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi


 
Group shows

2010
THE BIENNIAL WINTER SALON 2010 - Elga Wimmer PCC, New York City, NY
Emerging Images: The Creative Process in Prints - International Print Center New York, New York City, NY
Gallery Artsists - Danziger Projects, New York City, NY
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action - White Cube, London (England)
Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Realismus - Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit - Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
Present Tense: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age - National Portrait Gallery Canberra, ACT
Exposure: Photos from the Vault - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Photorealist Watercolors: The PieperPower Collection - The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
CORPUS - Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON
Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to 21st Century Asheville Art Museum, Asheville NC
World of Trick Art - Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City
Size does matter - FLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NY
Realismus - das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet - Hopper - Gursky - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
FYI - The Reflected Gaze Self Portraiture Today - Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Winter Salon - Björn Ressle Gallery, New York City, NY

2009
Woodcuts Now - The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Twentysix Gasoline Stations ed altri libri d'Artista- Una collezione. Museo Regionale di Messina, Messina
CHUCK CLOSE - OLIVIERO TOSCANI - Stilikonen - Kate versus Isabelle - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Vienna, Vienna 
Guardami Il volto e lo sguardo nell'arte 1969-2009 - Museo Cantonale d´Arte Lugano, Lugano
The Missing Peace - Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
Creating Identity: Portraits Today - 21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
The Lens and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Collection, 1957-2007 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
The Figure and Dr Freud - Haunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NY
LEARN TO READ ART: A History of Printed Matter - Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe 
FACES: Chuck Close and Contemporary Portraiture - Nevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV
Own Collections - Classics and New Acquisitions - Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
Maos and Cows : Selections from the Marjorie and Anselm Talalay Collection - MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Keeper of Light - - Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA (closed, 2009)
About Face - Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York City, NY
Picturing America: Fotorealismus der 70er Jahre - Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Fundacion Canal, Madrid
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something - Photographs by Chuck Close/Poems by Bob Holman - Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
CHANGING - International contemporary art - Gallery´s Artists - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Villach, Villach 

2008
Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait - Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Magnolia Tapestry Project - Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
Iconic Heroes - Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
PERMANENT PRESENTATION - International contemporary art - Gallery´s Artists - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Villach, Villach 
Von Munch bis Beckmann, von Jorn bis Gertsch. 100 Jahre Holzschnitt - Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Philadelphia Collects: Works on Paper - Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts - DCCA, Wilmington, DE
Sol LeWitt x2 - Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
Medieval to Modern - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
New Work (From 2007) Chuck Close, Justine Kurland, Ryan McGinness - Danziger Projects, New York City, NY
Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Works on Paper - Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City, NY
The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Dain Rauscher Collection Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN
"How Artists Draw: Toward the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center" - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
For the Spirit - From the UBS Art Collection - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Genesis - Die Kunst der Schöpfung - Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Twenty Years (and Still Counting): Highlighs from Two Decades of Exhibitions - Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2007
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1-2-3 - The Collection in Focus - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest
Contemporary, Cool and Collected - Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
In Focus - The Nude - The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary and Cutting Edge - Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Emory Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Photography Portfolio I & II - CCP - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, VIC
All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy - Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Everything - Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Hot + Bothered: Looking at the Landscape - Pace / Macgill Gallery, New York City, NY
What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Chuck Close/Bob Holman - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Summer reflections 2007 - Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
StereoVision - University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
Summer Exhibition 2007 - Royal Academy of Arts, London (England)
Diagnose Kunst / Diagnosis Art - Kunstverein Würzburg, Würzburg
Diagnose (Kunst) - Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
Still Life & Kicking - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
News on Paper - - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)
Stichwort Gegenwart - Zwölf Kapitel der Sammlung Ludwig - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), New York City, NY
Unter Sternen - Aus der Sammlung Willy Michel - museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf
Not For Sale - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
FRAMED - The Art of the Portrait - Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
An Adventure in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum - Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Iperrealisti - Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City, NY
Mr. President - University Art Museum University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
Overdrive - Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
A Portrait of America - The Nation and Ohio (Youngstown) - The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2006
Winter Group Show - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
The Missing Peace - Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL
Made in China - Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
Home: Living with Contemporary Art - Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art - iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, IL
Diagnose [Kunst] - Die Medizin im Spiegel der zeitgenössischen Kunst - Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen
Over Under Sideways Down, Backwards Forwards Square and Round - Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
The human touch - selections from the rbc dain rauscher art collection - Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Twice Drawn - The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
New Frontiers - American Art Since 1945 - The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Eretica - - Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Palermo, Palermo (closed)
Review - 25 Jahre Österreichische Ludwig Stiftung - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK, Vienna
Figures of the Player, the Paradox of the Actor - Collection Lambert, Avignon
The Expanded Eye. Sehen - entgrenzt und verflüssigt - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
The Missing Peace - Artists Consider the Dalai Lama - Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Group Show - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
81 Heads - University of Maine Museum of Arts - UMMA, Bangor, ME
Le mouvement des images - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Likeness - Portraits of Artists by Other Artists - Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
Great American Drawings - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Crown Point Press - The Art of Etching - The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Self Portrait Renaissance to Contemporary - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Contemporary Master Prints - Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Chuck Close, Annie Leibovitz, Vik Muniz - Danziger Projects, New York City, NY
Drawn, Exposed, and Impressed - Recent Works on Paper from the Cleveland Museum - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Selected Works - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005
Pollock To Pop: America's Brush With Dalí - Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Close Katz Serra - Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heart - Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NY
De la comtesse De Castiglione à Cindy Sherman - Galerie de France, Paris
The Fluidity of Time - Selections from the MCA Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
From Darkroom to Digital - Photographic Variations - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Atelier Adamson - David Adamson and his friends - Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Highlights - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Figurative Impulse - Works from the UBS Art Collection - Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce
Chuck Close - Franz Gertsch - museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf
Group Show - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Summer Exhibition 2005 - Royal Academy of Arts, London (England)
Likeness - Portraits of Artists by Other Artists - Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Atelier David Adamson - Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Chuck Close, Franz Gertsch - Galerie Haas & Fuchs - Berlin, Berlin
Chuck Close/Franz Gertsch - Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin 
The Shape of Time - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Color/Pattern/Grid - Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
Picasso to Pop - Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH 
Figuratively Speaking - MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Counting the Ways: Word As Image - Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NY

2004
White Christmas - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Villach, Villach 
About Face - Photographic Portraits from the Collection - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Printed light - photographic vision and the modern print - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Summer Group Show - Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL
Off the Wall: Works from the JPMorgan Chase Collection - Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Super-Sized: The Big Print Show - Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Pop Art & Minimalismus - The Serial Attitude - Albertina, Vienna
Likeness - Portraits of Artists by Other Artists - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
Best Friends - Portraits of Sydney and Frances Lewis - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Exhibiting Signs of Age - Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Open Proposition - Artists for the Bill of Rights - The Proposition, New York City, NY
Neue Editionen - Edition Schellmann, Munich
Legally Represented - Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
An International Legacy - Selections from Carnegie of Art - Nevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV

2003
Embracing the Present - The UBS Art Collection - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Einbildung - Das Wahrnehmen in der Kunst - Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
Sommerausstellung 2003 - 20 zeitgenössische Künstler - white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer - Villach, Villach 
Hyperréalismes USA - 1965-1975 - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg
Family Ties - International contemporary artists interpret family - Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Embracing the Present - The UBS Art Collection - Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Flesh Tones - 100 Years of the Nude - Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY
Ameri©an Dre@m: A Survey - Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York City, NY
Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection - Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

2002
Rags to Riches - 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donné Papermill - Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits - Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
The Human Factor: Figuration in American Art 1950-1995 - Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Nach der Wirklichkeit III - Painting on the move - Kunsthalle Basel, Basel 
Oeil pour oeil: Collection Privée de Lyon - Le RECTANGLE - Centre d´Art de la Ville de Lyon, Lyon
Acquiring taste - Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
From Twilight to dawn - Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Under Pressure - Prints from Two Palms Press - University of Massachusetts - Amherst Fine Arts Center, Amherst, MA

2001
Points of Departure II: Connecting with Contemporary Art - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Landfall Press - 1970 - 2000 - H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Acquisitions In Contemporary Art - The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Two-Palms Press: Under Pressure - Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Rotating Group Show - Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York City, NY
Digital: Printmaking Now - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Self made men - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY
Print Matters. New Works and Modern Treasures - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Lost & Found - Rediscovering Early Photographic Processes - USC Fisher Museum - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Artists Photographing Artists - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Rotating Group Exhibition - Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York City, NY

2000
Media Metaphor - The 46th Biennial Exhibition - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Cities Collect - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
About Face - Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City, NY
About Faces - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
TOP IN POP - Galerie Döbele GmbH - Dresden, Dresden 
Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection - Queens Museum of Art (QMA), New York City, NY
3rd Gwangju Biennale - Man+Space - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Visage: Painting and the Human Face in 20th-Century Art - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Visage Painting and the Human Face in 20th Century Art - NMWA The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

1999
Masterprints - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna 
Head to Toe - Impressing the Body - University of Massachusetts - Amherst Fine Arts Center, Amherst, MA
The American Century - Art & Culture 1900-2000 Part II - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Lineamente International - Von der Linie zur Zeichnung - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
The nude in contemporary art - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
ROTE LIEBE - Leinwände - Arbeiten auf Papier - Photographien - Raab Galerie, Berlin
Face to Face to Cyberspace - Foundation Beyeler, Riehen
Foreword - Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
Printmaking 1960-1990 - Davison Art Center, Middletown
Art at Work - Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

1997
Project Painting - Lehmann Maupin Gallery - 540 West 26 Street , New York City, NY
Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1996
Painting into Photography/Photography into Painting - Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
Pop Art und Hyperrealism in den USA - Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck
Affinities: Chuck Close and Tom Friedman - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1995
1st Gwangju Biennal - Beyond The Borders - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
46th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

1994
The Return Of The Cadavre Exquis - Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
From Minimal to Conceptual Art - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1992
A visage decouvert - Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris

1985
Workshop Experiments: Clay, Paper, Fabric, Glass - Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

1983
New Work New York - Newcastle Salutes New York - University Gallery and Baring Wing - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

1977
Aspects du réalisme - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel
Recent Portraiture - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1976
New York in Europa - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Ideas on Paper 1970-1976 - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1973
Projects: Chuck Close and Lilliana Porter - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1972
documenta 5 - Documenta, Kassel

 


Public Collections: United States

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin, TX
Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Kresge Art Museum, Lansing, MI
University of Kentucky Art Museum (UK Art Museum), Lexington, KY
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

 

Public Collections: International

Austria
Albertina, Vienna

Belgium
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

Canada
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON

Colombia
Museo de Arte del Banco de la República - Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogota

Denmark
Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde  

Germany
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen
Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main

Hungary
Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest

Iran
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Italy
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

South Korea
National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon

Switzerland
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

United Kingdom
Tate Britain, London (England)

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