Chuck Close

Art on This Day

Born on this day in 1940, Chuck Close is an American artist and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, thanks to his massive-scale portraits which are shown in the world’s finest galleries.   
Photorealist painting of the 1970s celebrated the glossy, mirror-like “look” of the photograph, but after achieving that ideal, Close turned to portraiture, suggesting it as a means for exploring disturbing aspects of how self identity is always a composite and highly constructed, if not ultimately conflicted fiction.