MCA’s Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration closes on 15 March
Time is running out to see the largest exhibition of Chuck Close’s work ever presented in the southern hemisphere, as Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration must close at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) on 15 March 2015.
Exclusive to Sydney as part of the Sydney International Art Series, Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration celebrates the work of one of America’s best-loved visual artists and takes over an entire floor of the gallery.
Following an extraordinarily positive response from audiences, MCA and MCA Cafe will open late until 9pm on the final weekend of the exhibition, Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March, to give visitors the extra chance to gain an insight into Close’s extraordinary creative processes. Live jazz will also be available on the evenings of Thursdays 5 and 12 March as part of the museum’s Lights on Later program, with the Jo Fabro Trio performing on the Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace.
The MCA is offering a special lunch time offer of 2-for-1 tickets to the exhibition between 12pm and 2pm on weekdays until the end of the exhibition.
Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: “Art lovers should really not miss this rare opportunity to discover Chuck Close’s large-scale works and explore his extraordinary journey through printmaking, with everything from traditional Japanese woodcut and hand stamping to a new series of jacquard tapestries.”
Noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, Close 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.
The exhibition encompasses the breadth of Close’s artistic output in printmaking, integral to his creative process, starting with the large-scale mezzotint print Keith (1972), and ending with recent, monumental watercolour digital prints, and spectacular jacquard tapestries.
He 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.
Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration is organised in association with the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York and Presenting Partner Citi.
Image credit: Chuck Close John, 1998, (State I, State II, State III, State IV), © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery. Installation view Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration 2015, photograph © Maja Baska