Preview: Chuck Close ‘Photo Maquettes’ at Eykyn Maclean New York

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Self-Portrait II/maquette, 2011 color Polaroid with ink, red-colored dot adhesive, and tape mounted to foamcore image; 24 x 20 inches, mounted approx.; 38 x 26 inches (irregular) signed, titled, and dated recto in ink, unique.© 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Andres maquette 2003 682x1024 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New York
Andres/maquette, 2003, color Polaroid with graphite, ink, and tape mounted to board mounted to two sheets of foamcore, image; 24 x 20 inches, mounted; 40 x 25 inches, signed, titled, and dated verso in ink, unique. © 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Cecily maquette 2000 720x1024 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New York
Cecily/maquette, 2000, black and white Polaroid with ink and tape mounted to foamcore, image; 24 x 20 inches, mounted; 39 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches, signed, titled, and dated recto in ink, annotated “33397” verso in ink on tape, unique. © 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Elizabeth maquette 1988 722x1024 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New York
Elizabeth/maquette, 1988, color Polaroid with ink, paint and tape mounted to board, image; 24 x 20 inches, mounted; 36 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches, signed, titled, and dated recto in ink, unique. © 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Phyllis maquette 1981 656x1024 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New York
Phyllis/maquette, 1981, gelatin silver print with graphite and ink mounted to board, image; 20 x 16 inches, mounted; 30 x 20 inches, signed, titled, and dated recto in pencil, “maquette for Phyllis, 1984, pulp paper collage on canvas 92 x 72″ inscribed verso in pencil, unique. © 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Study for Keith Four times 1 1975 877x1024 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New YorkStudy for Keith Four times 2 1975 254x300 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New YorkStudy for Keith Four times 3 1975 253x300 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New YorkStudy for Keith Four times 4 1975 256x300 Preview: Chuck Close Photo Maquettes at Eykyn Maclean New York
Study for “Keith/Four times”, 1975, four gelatin silver prints with ink, graphite, and tape, mounted to foamcore, each image; 19 7/8 x 15 5/8 inches, each mounted; 24 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches, signed, titled, and dated recto in pencil on each, print, unique. © 2013 Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

April 16th – May 24th, 2013 Eykyn Maclean 23 East 67th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10065
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“That is the great thing about the maquettes. You see the decisions that I made, where those lines fall … And if someone were going to take a lot of time analyzing them I think they would find that there’s a method in the madness.”

–Chuck Close, 2013

Eykyn Maclean are to presents a unique exhibition of photo maquettes by Chuck Close. Spanning the artist’s career to date, this is the first exhibition to focus solely on his maquettes and their relationship to his large- scale painted portraits. As curator Kristy Bryce notes

“this show will allow a deeper understanding of the technical process behind Close’s work while also opening an important line of enquiry into the relationship between the distinct practices of painting and photography.”

The photographs are overlaid with a grid and translated, cell by cell, into the final painted portrait by hand. This painstaking process emphasizes the distinctly analogue nature of the finished product and focuses attention on the complex relationship between photography and painting, between the mechanical and the hand-made.

Chuck Close Photo Maquettes includes images of many close friends and fellow artists, including the composer Philip Glass, artist Elizabeth Murray, and the art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund. Self-portraiture has always been an important area of exploration in Close’s work, and this exhibition brings together eleven self-portraits from as early as 1975 to more recent examples from 2011.

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About The Artist:chuckclose.com/about-the-artist

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD Website, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FADwebsite. FADwebsite is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moving Image, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City and Canary Wharf Magazines and expert advisor to art fair Strarta.

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