|Tapestry portrait of Chuck Close|
The close-up portraits produced by Close and his collaborators are in all the books about 20th Century art, but only when you see them live do you realise why. Close has worked with 'old-fashioned' techniques or pushed new techniques beyond their boundaries, producing large and usually labour intensive work that is strikingly different from your average portrait.
|Detail: tapestry portrait|
I left the exhibition with a new understanding of this work and this lifetime of grid exercises
ADDENDUM: I just discovered an interview with Chuck Close that is really worth reading. I had no idea he was incapacitated for much of his life.