Past Exhibitions

Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration

Exhibition Through April 22, 2007

Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration showcases more than 100 works and demonstrates the highly technical and magical prints created by Close and explores the art of printmaking and the artist’s continuing investigation into the principles of perception. This exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of the full extent of Close’s long involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking, and is the first comprehensive exploration of what can only be termed a prodigious accomplishment in the field of graphic art. 

Featuring 118 works dating from 1972 to 2002, Chuck Close Prints illustrates the artist’s range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut. Highlighting the creative processes and technical collaboration between the artist and the master printers, the exhibition demonstrates how Close has consistently but variously challenged the accepted boundaries of the printmaking tradition. Taken together, these prints constitute a remarkable self-portrait of the creative drive, vision, and intellect of one of America’s most important living artists.

In Close’s work, the topology of the human face becomes a series of gridded abstractions that, when assembled in the eye of the viewer, create an imagistic whole. Celebrated as a quintessential painter and photographer, Close has also mastered the unique artistic language of printmaking, a process that requires a special degree of trust and cooperation between the artist and the technician. The featured images that comprise the exhibition—self-portraits and portraits of subjects familiar across the spectrum of his artistic production—encompass the major forms of printmaking. 


Exhibition Credits

Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration was organized by Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. The exhibition and publication have been generously underwritten by the Neuberger Berman Foundation. The exhibition was made possible, in part, by major grants from the Lannan Foundation and Jon and Mary Shirley, and by generous grants from The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation and Houston Endowment Inc. Financial support has also been provided by Jonathan and Marita Fairbanks, Dorene and Frank Herzog, Andrew and Gretchen McFarland, Carey Shuart and The Wortham Foundation, Inc., with additional funds from Karen and Eric Pulaski, Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg, and Texas Commission on the Arts.


Sponsorship of the Orange County presentation is provided by Jean and Tim Weiss. 

The official media sponsor of the Orange County Museum of Art is The Orange County Register

Additional media sponsorship is provided by AT & T Yellow Pages and KPCC 89.3 FM.

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, 2004; 3-color woodcut; Pace Editions, Ind., New York, publisher; courtesy of Pace Editions, Inc., and the artist.