Past Exhibitions

Chuck Close: Works on Paper 1975-2012

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

October 27, 2012–March 31, 2013
MMA-La Mirada

Chuck Close is one of the most highly regarded and influential artists of the last century. In the late 1960s, his realistic and heroically scaled portraits of family and friends sent shockwaves throughout the art world that are still being felt to this day. Though Close is known primarily for his contribution to the history of painting, he has played a significant role in innovating new methods for printmaking. Through his ongoing collaborations with master printmakers and artisans, Chuck Close constantly challenges conventional practices and perceived limitations of scale to extend his aesthetic to new and dynamic dimensions.

The Monterey Museum of Art’s presentation of Chuck Close: Works on Paper, 1975–2012 from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation spotlights one of the most comprehensive collections of works on paper by this revered American artist.  Featured in the exhibition are etchings, linocuts, lithographs, screen-prints, woodcuts, and paper pulp multiples of monumental proportions that exploit traditional studio techniques with brilliant effect.

IMAGE: Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, 2002, 43-color handprinted woodcut on Nishinouchi paper, edition 26/60, 31 X 25 inches, © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Prints, Photo courtesy Pace Prints

Video Tour
Take a video tour of Chuck Close: Works on Paper 1975-2012 with guest curator Brad Thomas for insights into the process, subjects, and the artist himself

Part I, “The Grid”

Part II, “First Print Work”

Part III, “Self Portraits”

Part IV, “Artist’s Friends”

Part V, “Scribble Etching”

Part VI, “Philip Glass”