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© 1997 Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, oil on canvas (102” x 84”); photograph by Ellen Page Wilson
Chuck Close is a leading figure in the development of photo-based painting. His work has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions and major museum retrospectives. Other important solo exhibitions have been at the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Close has participated in almost 800 group exhibitions, including Documenta 5 and 6, four Whitney Biennials, three Venice Biennales, and the Carnegie International. The award-winning artist is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on the board of several arts organizations, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Close, who has paralysis due to a spinal cord artery collapse, has received more than 20 honorary degrees including one from Yale University, his alma mater.