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Chuck Close
– Prints, Process and Collaboration

– When

20 November 2014-15 March 2015

22 May – 8 June

Mon – Sun10am-9pm
29 May10am-5pm

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Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration has now finished.

Chuck Close
Bob 1969–70
acrylic on gessoed canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1975
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Lucas/Woodcut, 1993, 219 color woodcut with pochoir, published by Pace Editions, Inc., photograph by Maggie L. Kundtz, courtesy Pace Gallery, © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Prints

Chuck Close, John, 1998, (State II, IV, VI, X), © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery, photograph courtesy Pace Prints and Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Emma 2000, oil on canvas © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery, photograph By Ellen Page Wilson, Pace Gallery

Chuck Close
Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat) 2013
archival watercolour pigment print (90º) on Hahnemühle rag paper
Edition of 10
© Chuck Close in association with Magnolia Editions, Oakland,
courtesy Pace Gallery
Photograph courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland and Pace Gallery

Presenting Partner: Citi

Portraits from one of America’s best-loved visual artists are being shown exclusively in Sydney this summer, as part of the Sydney International Art Series.

Chuck Close is an artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. He is also an accomplished printmaker and photographer whose work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries.

Close has produced many iconic portraits of artists, celebrities and other well-known public figures including Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Lou Reed, Roy Lichtenstein and President Obama.

This exhibition comprehensively surveys Close’s long involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking. It shows the artist’s range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut, among others and features images ranging from early mezzotints to monumental later works as well as water colour pigment prints and a new series of Jacquard tapestries.

The MCA exhibition is the largest exhibition of Close’s work ever presented in the southern hemisphere.

Visiting? Don’t forget to enter the New York, New York competition on Level 3 for your chance to win flights for you and a friend, courtesy of Citi. Details here.

This exhibition is organised by Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, and has been made possible, in part by generous underwriting by the Neuberger Berman Foundation and grants from the Lannan Foundation and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

Lunch with art: Special offer
Break up the working day and enjoy two-for-one exhibition tickets when you visit on your lunch break between 12pm and 2pm. Offer valid until the exhibition closes on 15 March

Wilson Parking is offering $20 daytime parking every day of the week for MCA patrons. Book your parking through Book a Bay using promo code “MCA” between 10am – 5pm at the following car parks: Quay West Car Park – 111 Harrington St, and 155 George St Car Park.

Visiting with a school or group? Make your booking here.


The Museum and MCA Cafe will be open until 9pm for the final weekend of the Chuck Close exhibition on Sat 14 & Sun 15 March


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