Over more than 30 years, Chuck Close - renowned as one of America's foremost artists in any media - has explored the art of printmaking in his continuing investigation into the principles of perception. This exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of the full extent of Close's long involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking, and the first such investigation in more than twelve years of what can only be termed a prodigious accomplishment in the field. Featuring images ranging from the mezzotint Keith, 1972, to the monumental later works such as Alex/Reduction Block, 1993, Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration will show the artist's range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese images, and is designed especially to highlight several series of state proofs, to provide viewers with a seldom-seen view of the technical and creative process required to realize these complex images.
115 prints dating from 1972-1993 are featured in this exhibition. In addition to showing finished, editioned prints, this exhibition will feature a full series of stage and state proofs and the printing matrix (such as woodblock or etching plate) for several of the more complex images he created.
Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration was organized by Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston.
The exhibition and publication have been generously underwritten by the Neuberger Berman Foundation. The exhibition was made possible, in part, by a major grant from Jon and Mary Shirley, and by generous grants from The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation and Houston Endowment Inc.