Earlier this month, Guild Hall, a nonprofit exhibition space in East Hampton, opened an exhibition of the work of painter Chuck Close. The 27 works in the show all feature his trademark, mostly large-scale portraits of himself or his artist friends. There are ink drawings from the 1970s, several oil paintings, a Japanese-style woodcut, silkscreen Read More
In this week’s New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins details the creation of Chuck Close’s portrait of President Obama. Working from a Polaroid, Mr. Close created a woven tapestry of the president’s image, which was on view at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., during the Democratic National Convention. The tapestry is one of 10 that Mr. Close is making of the president, which are set to go on sale for $100,000 each, along with a variety of other prints, at a private invitation-only sale in October to benefit the Obama Victory Fund. Read More
Of all of the tributes to Chuck Close that we’ve seen today, in honor of his 72nd birthday, which included this image of Mr. Close finger painting a portrait of his grandmother-in-law on The Pace Gallery’s Facebook page, we also found amusing a short video of Mr. Close, posted by the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, discussing why he chose to take up portraiture. Read More
Which art-world bigwig owns “a lot of drawings” by John Currin? Which Christie’s director would own Rothkos if she could afford them? And which reporter reveals, “at dinner tonight, I’m sitting next to Richard Serra”?
We won’t divulge all of the details from this Architectural Digest piece, assembled from interviews at a variety of recent art events, but suffice it to say that Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Walters, Chuck Close, Martha Stewart, January Jones and David Rockefeller, Jr., among others, gave some interesting answers when asked by the magazine to name their fantasy art wish lists. Read More
A California court has handed a defeat to Chuck Close and his artist colleagues suing Christie’s and Sotheby’s, attempting to obtain millions of dollars in resale royalties they argue they are owed under state law. According to Thompson Reuters, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, an appeals court judging sitting in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, ruled that California’s resale royalty act violates the United State Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which affords the federal government with the power to regulate economic activity between states. Read More
With most of the art world in Miami, Pace Gallery on W. 22nd Street brought in the fashion crowd for the opening of Annie Leibovitz’s “Pilgrimage,” on view at the gallery December 1-3 before traveling to the Smithsonian. The party was hosted by Vogue and Anna Wintour and super models in evening gowns were sipping Read More
Yesterday, a handful of major artists filed suit against Christie’s and Sotheby’s claiming money owed over a 1976 law in California that grants them a percentage of any subsequent resale of their work. Among the artists claiming back pay are Chuck Close, and Los Angeles artist Laddie John Dill, along with the estate of sculptor Robert Graham. Read More