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Friday, August 19, 2011

Chuck Close on Prince Street

The other day my wife and I were talking about the artist Chuck Close's portraits, and ever since then he seems to be popping up. Yesterday it was in the Otherworldy show at MAD. And today it was while looking for something in the AIA Guide to New York City*. Between entries the Guide mentions a mural by Close on the side wall of 26 Prince Street, between Mott and Elizabeth Streets. Amazingly I've never noticed this mural, even though I've traversed this stretch of Prince Street many times. Where might Close pop up next for me?

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*Interestingly, I accidentally picked up an old edition of the Guide and stumbled across this bit on Close that isn't found in the latest edition.


  1. At first I didn't find Chuck Close's work very interesting, but once you look at it up close and ponder the technique, it's pretty amazing.

  2. Christine - The first show I saw of Close's paintings was at the Art Institute of Chicago. They did a great job of framing his large canvases so you could see them from a great distance -- through doorways and across the atrium space -- and then move in closer to see just what comprised the images. Of course the same can't happen on Prince Street, but I'm guessing a close look will reveal how the mosaic is made to some degree.


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