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Chuck Close, American, born 1940
Acrylic on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
Not on view
108 1/4 x 84 in. (275 x 213.4 cm)
framed: 109 5/8 x 85 3/8 x 4 in. (278.4 x 216.9 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc.
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Object Number
Rendered in varying shades of gray, "Keith" is one of seven large-scale paintings that Chuck Close created of his family and friends between 1968 and 1970. The artist worked from a photograph, using a grid, an airbrush, and a small amount of black paint to transfer the details of the photo onto a sizable canvas. Through the massive scale of the work, Close transforms the familiar face of his friend into a monumental presence. The artist stays true to varying areas of focus and blur in the photograph, while carefully depicting minute facial features, such as pores, wrinkles, and hairs.
Chuck Close (b.1940), New York, NY [1]

- 1983
Pace Gallery, New York, NY, acquired from the artist

1983 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Pace Gallery [2]

[1] "Keith" was one of Close's personal paintings, as it was his favorite - the only one of his early black and white paintings that he kept for himself at a time when all of his other black and white paintings were in museum collections [letter from Chuck Close to the Museum dated October 29, 1997, SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Acquistions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, May 12, 1983.
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