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 80 works in a broad range of media—painting, drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking—that traced 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.