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A work made of woodcut in colors on cream japanese paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut in colors on cream japanese paper.




Chuck Close
American, 1940-2021

About this artwork

This aggressively frontal portrait of artist Alex Katz is Chuck Close’s largest and most ambitious print to date. Based on a Polaroid, the monumental screenprint is the result of a meticulous and complex technical process, consisting of seven stages and thirteen proofs. The two smaller woodcuts, also on view-composed of dots, dashes, and abstract shapes-closely mirror the artist’s characteristic painting process, exemplified by his larger painting of Alex Katz in the museum’s permanent collection. As versions of the same image, they provide an opportunity to glimpse some of the stages in the production of Close’s large-scale portraits.


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Chuck Close




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1991


Woodcut in colors on cream Japanese paper


59.2 × 49.2 cm (23 5/16 × 19 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

William H. Bartels and Max V. Kohnstamm Prize Funds; Katharine Kuh and Marguerita S. Ritman Estates; Gift of Lannan Foundation

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