Chuck Close

born Monroe, WA 1940-died Oceanside, NY 2021
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Chuck Close, Self Portrait, 2000, color screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 2000.53, © 2000, Chuck Close
Also known as
  • Charles Close
Monroe, Washington, United States
Oceanside, New York, United States
Active in
  • New York, New York, United States

Chuck Close was born in Monroe, Washington, in 1940 and received a BA degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1962. He attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut, in 1961 and Yale University from 1962 to 1964, where he earned BFA and MFA degrees. In 1964 Close was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in Vienna, where he attended the Akademie der Bildenen Künste for a year. Settling in New York City in 1967, Close began working on large-scale portraits; composed of precisely made marks on a grid, they display his technical virtuosity. Close lives and works in New York City.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)


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November 11, 2011March 11, 2012
Multiplicity features 83 works from the museum’s permanent collection by such outstanding contemporary artists as John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R.