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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Close, Chuck
Culture:American (1940- )
Title:Self-Portrait Screenprint
Date Made:2007
Materials:Color screenprint
Place Made:North America; United States
Measurements:Frame: 78 1/4 in x 61 1/2 in; 198.8 cm x 156.2 cm; Sheet: 74 1/2 in x 57 3/4 in; 189.2 cm x 146.7 cm; Image: 68 in x 52 1/4 in; 172.7 cm x 132.7 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2011.15
Credit Line:Purchase with the Art Acquisition Endowment Fund

Screenprint in 203 colors

Label Text:
Known for his large scale portraits, or “heads” as he likes to call them, Chuck Close works directly from photographs. His labor-intensive process includes dividing the photographic image into a grid of squares or diamonds, and then proportionally enlarging that grid onto a canvas. Each unit of the grid becomes its own miniature, abstract work of art. Close has remarked “I want to bring the viewer right up to the painting or the piece of paper so they can see how the image is built or see what the marks are like.” Collaborating with master printmakers, Close has translated many of his paintings into monumental prints. This particular edition of prints took two years to produce and was made using 203 separate colors, each applied with a distinct screen.

-Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)

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