Self-Portrait IV, 2014-2015
Oil on canvas
243.8 × 213.4 cm
The rigor and mathematical precision of the grid has prompted numerous critics to label Close’s process as “scientific.” The flip side of this is the unexpected musicality afforded by his grid. Its repetitions create a precise and regular rhythm, while the variations in color represent a series of literally chromatic modulations.
“I’m working with the color equivalent of a musical chord, a kind of color chord,” says Chuck Close.
Chuck Close: Infinite. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, June 18–September 25, 2021.
Chuck Close, Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, January 10–February 22 (extended through March 7), 2020.
Chuck Close: Red Yellow Blue, Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street, New York, September 11–October 17, 2015.
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