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Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967–2005

Friday, July 21–Sunday, October 22, 2006

Chuck Close (American, born 1940). Self-Portrait, 2004-05. Oil on canvas, 102 x 86 inches (259.1 x 218.4 cm). Private Collection, New York.

Celebrated as one of the most influential artists of our time, Chuck Close has retained his vitality by continuously reinventing portraiture, a genre often underrecognized in contemporary art. Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967 – 2005 focused exclusively on the artist’s self-portraits, consisting of more than eighty works in a broad range of media — painting, drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking — that trace the evolution of his process and self-examination from 1967 to the present. Through nearly four decades, he has remained committed to rigorous experimentation within a carefully defined practice, using his own image more than any other subject matter. In examining this focused body of work, Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967 – 2005 highlighted how an artist can create a remarkable pictorial language that continues to expand over a lifetime.

This exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for the exhibition was provided by the global financial services firm UBS, the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Margaret and Angus Wurtele.

The presentation of the exhibition in Western New York was made possible by M&T Bank.