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Chuck Close:

1940 Chuck Close is born in Monroe, Wisconsin

1958-1962 Close attends the University of Washington, Seattle. He receives his B.A. in 1962

1962-1964 Close attends graduate school at Yale University, where he serves as assistant to master printer Gabor Peterdi. He received an MFA in 1964.
1972 At the urging of Bob Feldman of Parasol Press, Close works with Kathan Brown of Crown Point Press in Oakland, California, on Keith/Mezzotint. Parasol Press publishes an edition of ten prints. The Museum of Modern Art in New York purchases one of the edition for its permanent collection.

1973 Keith/Mezzotint, shown in conjunction with its nineteen progressive proofs, is the focus of Close 's first exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Project 11: Chuck Close/Liliana Porter (January 11- February 25, 1973).

1975

Close works with Jack Lemon and David Keister at Landfall Press in Chicago to create his first lithograph, Keith/Four Times, where he is challenged by the parameters of the medium.
Chuck Close:Keith, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, January 5-February 2, 1975. Traveled to Ball State University Art Gallery, Muncie, Indiana;Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, June 1-29; The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, July 18-August 31.


1977 Chuck works for several months in his studio creating the plate for Self-Portrait, an etching printed at Crown Point Press by Patrick Foy, with whom he also works on the aquatint etching Self-Portrait/White Ink.

1978 Begins fingerprint drawings by inking his finger and making impressions on the gridded surface of the paper. The first application of his technique occurs with the recycled image of Phil, Phil/Fingerprint(1978); the last, Leslie, dates from 1986.

1979 Copie Conforme?, Centre of Georges Pompidou, Paris, April 18-June 11, 1979.
1980 Steve Anderson, from Vermillion Editions in Minneapolis, comes to New York to help Close create his fingerprint lithographs, including Phill/Fingerprint.
Close Portraits, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Septermber 28-November 16, 1980. Traveled to The Saint Louis Art Museum, December 5, 1980-January 25, 1981; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February 6-March 29; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 14-June 21. Catalogue, text by Martin Friedman and Lisa Lyons.

1981 Close begins working with independent printer and papermaker Joe Wilfer on an edition of pulf-paper works at Dieu Donn Papermill, in New York City.

1982 Chuck Close: Paperwork, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, September-October 1982. Traveled to John Stoller Gallery, Minneapolis, October-November; Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida, December 10, 1982-January 19, 1983; Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, September 10-October 15.

1983 Begins fingerprinting in color, the first work being John/Color Fingerprint.

1984 Chuck Close: Handmade Paper Editions, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, February 4-March 16, 1984. Traveled to Spokane Center Gallery of Art, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, April 5-May 12; Milwaukee Art Museum, June 1-September 30; NIU Art Museum, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, October; Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, November 18, 1984-January 13, 1985. Catalogue, text by Richard H. Solomon.
Begins applying the fingerprint technique to painting, Georgia/Fingerpainting is the first work in this technique.

1985 Close creates a series of eleven fingerprint etchings at Graphicstudio in Tampa, with master printer Deli Sacilotto. Working in a method called direct gravure, the artist draws using his inked fingers, although this time on sheets of Mylar rather than directly on the printing plate.
Chuck Close: Works on Paper, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, February 9-April 21, 1985. Brochure, text by Edmund P. Pillsbury.

1986 Close creates his first Japanese-style woodblock print, Leslie, working in Kyoto with Japanese master printer Tadashi Toda and master carver Shunzo Matsuda.
Chuck Close: New Etchings, Pace Editions, New York, February 12-March 22, 1986.

1988 Works in New York with renowned French master printer Aldo Crommelynck on his first spitbite aquatint, Self-Portrait.
Close also completes Lucas, a seven-step reduction block/linoleum cut print, working with Joe Wilfer, Ruth Lingen, and Kathy Kuehn at Street Workshop in New York.
Chuck Close: Prints and Photographs, Pace Editions, New York, September 23-October 22, 1988.
Close is stricken with severe chest pain followed by an intense convulsion, which initially leaves him paralyzed from the neck down. He is diagnosed at the Tisch Hospital, at NYU medical center.

1989 Chuck Close, The Art Institute of Chicago, February 4-April 16, 1989. Traveled to The Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, November 8, 1989-January 7, 1990. Catalogue, text by Colin Westerbeck.
Chuck Close Editions: A Catalogue Raisonn and Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, September 17-November 26, 1989. Catalogue, text by Jim Pernotto.
Chuck Close: Works on Paper, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, October 29, 1989-February 25, 1990.
1991 Chuck Close Editions, University Art Museum, University of Southwestern Lousiana, Lafayette, September 7-October 24, 1991.

Recieves Academy-Institute Award in Art from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.


1992 Close is elected a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.

1993 Close and Wilfer travel to Wisconsin to work on a linoleum cut print at Tandem Press. After a series of disappointments and disasters, the piece, Alex/Reduction Block, is eventually editioned as a silk screen, printed by Robert Blanton at Brand X Editions in New York.

After nearly four years of planning, Lucas/Rug is produced by the Rugao Arts and Crafts Silk Carpets Factory in Rugao, Jiangsu, China.

Chuck Close Editions, Pace Editions, New York, March 20-30, 1993.

A Print Project by Chuck Close, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 24-September 28, 1993. Brochure, text by Andrea Feldman.


1994 Recieves Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

1995 Chuck Close: Alex/Reduction Block, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, September 30, 1995-January 7, 1996.

Receives Honorary Doctor of Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


1996 Received Honorary Doctor of Fine Art from Yale University, New Haven, Conneticut.

1997 Age of Modernism: Art in the 20th Century, Martin-Groupies-Bau, Berlin, May 7-July 27, organized by Christos M. Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal.

Receives 1997 RISD Honorary Doctorate form the Rhode Island School of Design, Province.

Receives Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, the highest award bestowed by the University of Washington,


1998 Chuck Close, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 26-June 2, 1998. Traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, June 20-September 13; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., October 15, 1998-January 10, 1999; Seattle Art Museum, February 18-May 9; The Hayward Gallery, London, July 22-September 19. Catalogue, text by Robert Storr, Kirk Varnedoe, and Deborah Wye.

Chuck Close: Prints, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island, September 27-October 25, 1998.


1999 Working with David Lasry and Pedro Barbeito at Two Palms Press in New York, Close produces Self-Portrait I and Self-Portrait II.
2000 Working with Pace Edtions, Inc., Close creates two soft-ground etchings, Lyle and Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, which is editioned as a box set, containing the twelve progressive and twelve state proofs in addition to the final etching.
On April 26, Chuck Close, Ruth Lingen, Richard Solomon, and Joseph Wilfer are presented the Dieu Donn Art Award honoring their contributions to the field of paper art.

Chuck Close, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, December 9, 2000-March 25, 2001. Brochure.


2001 Chuck Close Self-Portraits, 1967-2001, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, March 8-April 28, 2001.

From Rags to Riches: Twnety-five Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donn Papermill, organized by Dieu Donn Papermill, New York. Traveled to Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, September 4-October 28, 2001; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, November 9-December 16; Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, April 2-June 30, 2002; Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, November 23, 2002-January 26, 2003; Milwaukee Art Museum, April 11-June 22; and Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, July 26-November 2. Catalogue, edited by Mina Takahasshi.


2002 After Close works with master printer Yasu Shibata for over two years, the Japanese woodblock print Emma is completed.

Chuck Close: Portraits, The American Academy in Rome, February  22-April 21, 2002.

Chuck Close Prints, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, September 29-December 29,2002. Brochure, text by Dede Young.


2003 Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, September 13-November 24, 2003. Traveling to TK. Catalogue, text by Terrie Sultan and Richard Schiff.
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