In less than a week, The Akron Museum of Art will open it’s Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collection. Over 35 works by Close will be on display, including paintings, handmade paper pulp pieces, photographs, prints, and a tapestry.
Youngstown's very own Butler Institute of American Art, along with Ohio Museums from Cleveland to Cincinnati have contributed work for this exhibition. These public Close works will be joined by rarely seen pieces from private collections around the state.
Chuck Close is a top American artist who has overcome his condition as a quadriplegic to create beautiful work, mainly focused on portraiture. In the late 60’s he re-invented and re-invigorated portraiture, giving it relevance in an art-world focused on concepts and process.
This Collection will also offer a free film screening of Chuck Close on Sunday, October 4, 2009, 3pm. The film focuses on Close's process and features interviews with his famous friends and fellow artists Robert Rauschenberg and Kiki Smith.
Sounds like a must-see exhibit.