Today’s featured event:
See the exhibit “Chuck Close: Works on Paper,” featuring a wide variety of prints by one of the most celebrated American artists living today, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. The exhibit closes today.
Museum hours today are noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com.
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As previously reported, “Chuck Close: Works on Paper” showcases the many inventive printmaking techniques the National Medal of Arts recipient has used to depict human faces, including the celebrity ones of actor Brad Pitt, model Kate Moss and composer Philip Glass, along with his now-famous self-portrait.
The exhibit of 88 portraits represents an excellent career over view for “the foremost living contemporary American artist,” said museum President and CEO Michael Whittington.
“This is the first time that the work of Chuck Close has been presented in Oklahoma in such a comprehensive fashion.”
Close, 73, has been a leading figure in contemporary art for the past four decades. The Monroe, Wash., native came to the fore in the early 1970s with the rise of photorealism. In 1972, the painter delved into printmaking, which in its most basic forms involves transferring ink onto paper using a plate run through a press or squeezing ink through a screen onto paper.
“We have a variety of prints … but to just describe them as prints is to do a grave injustice to this exhibition. It’s like describing a Maserati as just a car. What Chuck Close has done is he has taken the standard printmaking techniques, and he has reached stratospheric levels in his sophistication and accomplishment,” Whittington said.
“So he’s stretching the boundaries of the mediums he’s using.”
“Works on Paper” showcases Close’s interest and achievement in an array of printmaking techniques, including etchings, linoleum cuts, lithographs, screenprints, woodcuts and paper pulp multiples. There’s even a tapestry, the one piece in the exhibit that isn’t on paper.
In these 2012 videos, Close talks about his artistic process, plus check out the NewsOK video of Whittington talking about Close’s work: