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Chuck Close is among the most important American artists working today; the subject of a one-person retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1998, his work is found in every significant public and private contemporary art collection world wide. Over the course of his thirty year career, Close has developed his signature subject, the full frontal head-only portrait derived from photographic image. He works in an array of sizes and media and does not privilege one medium over another. He has investigated the full range of possibilities in painting, printmaking and photography.
Graphicstudio has been fortunate to work with Chuck Close since the mid 1980s. He has collaborated closely with Graphicstudio’s director of research, Deli Sacilotto, to exploit the full possibilities of photogravure processes. In 2002 Close completed a monumental photogravure portrait of the artist Lorna Simpson. Simpson’s visage is seen at three-quarters, larger than life, with every detail of her skin, features and hair, shimmering with vitality. Close made a black and white Polaroid image of Simpson, which was used to create the photogravure.