Alex

Date:

1991

Artist:

Chuck Close
American, born 1940

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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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Chuck Close

Title

Alex

Origin

United States

Date

1991

Medium

Woodcut in colors on cream Japanese paper

Dimensions

592 x 492 mm

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1997.316

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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