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1940 Born in Monroe, Washington (US) Raised in the state of Washington, Close demonstrated a precocious talent as a draftsman from an early age. In 1964, he received his M.F.A. from Yale University, where he served as an assistant to the master printer, Gabor Peterdi. By 1970 he had captured the attention of the art world with a series of nine-foot-high, hyper-realistically painted canvases of himself and his friends. Since then his art has focused on larger-than-life images of the human face. Reflecting the artist's fascination with reality, illusion, and forms of visual perception, these "heads"—as Close calls them—are typically conceived as a series of gridded abstractions that, when assembled in the eye of the viewer, coalesce into a representational whole. Since 1972 printmaking has been an integral part of Close's artistic output. However, far from serving as a mechanical means to replicate his painted work, his prints—even more labor-intensive and time-consuming than his canvases—have been an important proving ground for his artistic activity as a whole. As Close has asserted, "Virtually everything that has happened in my unique work can be traced back to the prints." 2006 Selected Works John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2005 De la comtesse De Castiglione à Cindy Sherman Galerie de France, Paris The Fluidity of Time - Selections from the MCA Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967-2005 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN From Darkroom to Digital - Photographic Variations The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Chuck Close - Self-Portraits 1967-2005 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA Highlights John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA The Figurative Impulse - Works from the UBS Art Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce Chuck Close - Franz Gertsch gip (Galerie im Park) - international fine art, Burgdorf Summer Exhibition 2005 Royal Academy of Arts, London (England) Chuck Close/Franz Gertsch Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin Figuratively Speaking Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2004 No Boundaries Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO White Christmas white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer, Villach Chuck Close Prints - Process and Collaboration Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN About Face - Photographic Portraits from the Collection The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Printed light - photographic vision and the modern print National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT Chuck Close - Prints, rocess and Collaboration Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL Pop Art & Minimalismus - The Serial Attitude Albertina, Vienna Likeness - Portraits of Artists by Other Artists CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA Best Friends - Portraits of Sydney and Frances Lewis Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA Exhibiting Signs of Age Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME Neue Editionen Edition Schellmann, Munich An International Legacy - Selections from Carnegie of Art Nevada Museum of Art NMA, Reno, NV Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 2003 Embracing the Present - The UBS Art Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Sommerausstellung 2003 - 20 zeitgenössische Künstler white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer, Villach Hyperréalismes USA - 1965-1975 Musée dArt Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg Flesh Tones - 100 Years of the Nude Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY Chuck Close White Cube, London (England) Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the Bruce Brown Collection Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME 2002 Chuck Close - New Paintings / Chuck Close - New Daguerreotypes PaceWildenstein, New York, NY Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA Nach der Wirklichkeit III - Painting on the move Kunsthalle Basel, Basel 2001 Rotating Group Exhibition Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY Points of Departure II: Connecting with Contemporary Art San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA Artists Photographing Artists The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Acquisitions In Contemporary Art The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH Rotating Group Show Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY Chuck Close - Self Portraits 1967-2001 Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA Lost & Found - Rediscovering Early Photographic Processes USC Fisher Gallery - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2000 Media Metaphor - The 46th Biennial Exhibition The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Chuck Close Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA Chuck Close Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich About Faces Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA TOP IN POP Galerie Döbele GmbH - Dresden, Dresden 1999 The American Century - Art & Culture 1900-2000 Part II Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Chuck Close - Photographs White Cube, London (England) ROTE LIEBE - Leinwände - Arbeiten auf Papier - Photographien Raab Galerie, Berlin Face to Face to Cyberspace Foundation Beyeler, Riehen Foreword Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC Printmaking 1960-1990 Davison Art Center, Middletown 1998 Chuck Close Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL Chuck Close MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Representing galleries 9 Austria Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna white8 Galerie Dagmar Aichholzer, Villach Germany Raab Galerie, Berlin Spain Boza Editor, Barcelona USA Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL Jonathan Novak Contemporay Art, Los Angeles, CA Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY PaceWildenstein, New York, NY Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA Public collections 26 Austria Albertina, Vienna Belgium S.M.A.K. - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent Canada National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario Denmark Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde Germany Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen Iran Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran USA The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, ID MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MOCA GRAND AVENUE, Los Angeles, CA MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC