Chuck Close is an artist and leading patient advocate. Mr. Close’s work has been the subject of more than 100 solo exhibitions including those at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Centre Beaubourg), Paris.
He has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions including Documenta 5, 1972 and 6, 1977, Kassel, Germany; the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition in 1969, 1977, 1979 and 1991; the Venice Biennial in 1993, 1995 and 2002; and the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, in 1995. In 1980, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, organized a major retrospective that traveled to four venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 1994, the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany, presented another retrospective, which traveled to Lenbachhaus Stadtische Gallery, Munich. In 1998, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized a retrospective, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Seattle Art Museum, and lastly at the Hayward Gallery, London.
In 2003, The Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, organized a major touring exhibition,“Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” which traveled to: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Miami Art Museum, Knoxville Museum, Pittsburgh, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California.
Mr. Close graduated magna cum laude with a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle, and received a BFA and MFA, both with the highest honors, from the School of Art and Architecture, Yale University. He also studied at Akademie der Bildenen Kunste, Vienna, from 1964-65, while on a Fulbright Grant. He has two daughters, Maggie Close and Dr. Georgia Close.