Chuck Close: Face to Face

1 - 31 August 2019 Laguna Beach, Palm Desert

For more than five decades, Close has captured his friends and family in portraits that are as abstract as they are realistic, executed in a diverse range of media and techniques. The vehicles for Close’s mark-making range from oil paint, airbrush, and finger printing, to paper pulp, colored pencil, and photography—including the Daguerreotype, which, like the artist’s jacquard tapestries, revived a centuries-old-tradition, propelling an antiquated technique into the modern era. Chuck Close: Face to Face will include a wide-ranging presentation of Close’s work including etchings, lithographs, hand-made paper pulp works and screen prints. 


Highlights of the exhibition, the second since Dawson Cole Fine Art began showing the artist’s work in 2007, will include and PhilFingerprint, the artist’s finger print iteration of his close friend, who he has captured in numerous media since 1969, when the now famed composer was working as a studio assistant to Close’s classmate from Yale, Richard Serra. Also on display will be the Self Portrait, White on Black, 1997, a white ink on black paper spite bite etching created in collaboration with Picasso’s favorite printer Aldo Crommelynck. 


The exhibition will be on view from August 1 through August 22, 2019 at 326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about Chuck Close: Face to Face, please contact Dawson Cole Fine Art’s registrar at 949-497-4988. For general inquiries please email