Chuck Close: Face to Face

1 - 31 August 2019 Laguna Beach, Palm Desert

LAGUNA BEACH, July 1, 2019— Dawson Cole Fine Art is honored to present an exhibition of prints by Chuck Close entitled Chuck Close: Face to Face. Close has been represented by Dawson Cole Fine Art since 2007. The exhibition will be on view from August 1 through August 31, 2019 at 326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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. This exhibition 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. 

Chuck Close (b. 1940, Monroe, Washington) has been the subject of over 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and most recently, at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Close has also participated in nearly 800 group exhibitions. A survey devoted to the artist’s innovative printmaking techniques, entitled Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, which has travelled to eighteen venues, five countries and three continents. 

An award-winning artist, Mr. Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000. In 1988 Mr. Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse. He continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. Mr. Close studied at the University of Washington School of Art (B.A., 1962) and at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture (B.F.A., 1963; M.F.A., 1964), receiving honorary degrees from both of his alma maters as well as 20 other institutions. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has served on the board of many arts organizations and was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The artist, who painted President Clinton in, 2006, also photographed President Obama.

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