Chuck Close: 10 Years in Print

April 4 – May 10, 2008

Chuck Close

Emma, 2002

113 color hand printed woodcut created in the Ukiyo-e tradition on Shiramine paper

43 x 35 inches

Chuck Close

John, 1998

126 color silkscreen

64 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches

Chuck Close

Lyle, 2003

149 color silkscreen

65 1/2 x 53 7/8 inches

Chuck Close

Self Portrait Screenprint, 2007

Progressive proof I

74 1/2 x 57 3/4 inches


Chuck Close

Self Portrait Woodcut, 2007

Forty-seven color hand printed woodcut created in the Ukiyo-e tradition with 39 blocks on Shiramine paper

37 x 30 inches

Press Release

William Shearburn Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of prints by the famed American artist Chuck Close. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, April 4, from 6 to 8 pm and will continue through May 10, 2008.  

Chuck Close has been a leading figure in contemporary art since the early 1970s. The artist’s subjects are his family, his friends, himself, and fellow artists whose faces are described through his distinct, meticulous marks. Working from a gridded photograph, Chuck Close builds his images by applying one careful stroke after another in multi-colors or grayscale. Chuck Close works are generally larger than life and highly focused. For Chuck Close, it is the process of description that renders meaning, rather than the subject itself.

The exhibition will consist of selections from the artist’s oeuvre over the last 10 years. One of the highlights will be the new 187 color screenprint, published by Pace Editions. Pace Editions, the publishing satellite of Pace/Wildenstein Gallery, New York, has for the last forty years worked with over one hundred artists, including such accomplished names as Donald Baechler, Jim Dine, Robert Mangold, and Kiki Smith, to name a few.

In addition to the opening reception, William Shearburn Gallery will host Pace Editions director, Kristin Hemming, on Saturday, April 5, from 12 – 5 pm. She will be available to answer any questions about Pace Editions, artist collaboration, and the printing process. She will also have with her a selection of other recent Pace editions for viewing.