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Chuck Close Photographs


Henry Art Gallery University District
Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2017


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Recommended by Jen Graves

Very little freshness has been revealed of the portraitist Chuck Close in the last few years. I’m not sure what unquenched curiosity is satisfied by this exhibition, of 90 of his photo-based pieces over the years, from maquettes for paintings to Polaroids and daguerrotypes. What I do recommend on the occasion of this show is to read Wil S. Hylton’s recent story in the New York Times Magazine, “The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close,” which is the freshest thing to happen to Chuck Close in years. It goes, “One of the things you hear people say about Close now, with the supposed benefit of hindsight, is that the medical catastrophe he suffered in 1988, which took his mobility and nearly killed him, also revolutionized his work… forced him to abandon the conventions of realism and develop a novel way of painting: dividing his canvas into a grid and then filling one square at a time to create a dynamic neo-pointillist effect. This is a tidy, bow-wrapped narrative, which should be the first indication that it’s wrong. Something about Close seems to invite this sort of pop-psych exegesis.”

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15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195
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This event is in the past.
  • Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2017