Photography lovers, rejoice! The first major exhibition in Philadelphia of renowned artist Chuck Close heads to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts starting October 6, 2017 and running through April 8, 2018.
Chuck Close Photographs features 90 different images that span from 1964 to the present. The display looks at how Close, foremost known as a contemporary painter, used photography as a means of exploration throughout his career.
- Chuck Close Photographs runs from October 6, 2017 to April 8, 2018.
- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosts the exhibition, featuring 90 images and a variety of photographic media.
- The display showcases the artist’s exploration of photography from 1964 to present.
- The exhibition is included with general admission.
Chuck Close, an MFA graduate from Yale University, is best known as a contemporary painter. Throughout his more-than-50-year career, Close has experimented with photography, which has become a crucial component of the paintings he produces.
Today, Close is often referred to as a photorealist, working off of photographs to create monumental-sized portraits.
In Chuck Close Photographs at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 90 images are on display that show the artist’s exploration of photography from 1964 to present.
From early black-and-white maquettes to composite Polaroids to intimately scaled daguerreotypes and Woodburytypes to the most recent Polaroid nudes, the exhibition shows Close’s wide range of photographic experimentation.
Close’s photographic subjects range from Alec Baldwin to Philip Glass to Hillary Clinton, all of whom are featured in the exhibition.
Close uses a grid method to create paintings from the photographs he produces. However, not all of his images are destined to become paintings. Photography, which started as a tool to merely create source material for Close, quickly turned into an artistic pursuit that would not only become crucial to his career but expand his work as an artist.
While primarily composed of portraiture and what Close calls “big heads,” Chuck Close Photographs also displays the artist’s photographic endeavors with full-body nudes as well close-ups of flowers. The exhibition ends with a display of self-portraiture, in which the viewer can take an even closer look at Close himself.
Tickets and More
Tickets to Chuck Close Photographs are included with general admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Admission is $15 per adult, $12 for seniors (60 years old and up), $12 for students with ID and $8 for youth (13-18 years old). Children 12 years old and under are free, as are military personnel and museum members.
The exhibition is housed in the Fisher Brooks and Maguire galleries of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
Get ready for some visual stimulation – whether you’re a hobbyist, professional photographer or simply a smartphone-snapping fiend, you’re bound to be inspired!