• Post-War & Contemporary Aftern auction at Christies

    Sale 2221

    Post-War & Contemporary Afternoon Session

    11 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 307

    Chuck Close (b. 1940)

    Self-Portrait Maquette

    Price Realised  


    Chuck Close (b. 1940)
    Self-Portrait Maquette
    signed and titled '"Self Portrait C. Close' (right edge)
    ink on collaged gelatin silver prints with masking tape mounted on board
    23¾ x 18½ in. (60.3 x 46.9 cm.)
    Executed in 1968.

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    Self-Portrait Maquette, executed in 1968, provides the source imagery for one of Close's earliest self-portraits, Self-Portrait/58, 424, a work on paper he would complete five years later.

    Unlike the Pop artists who worked from found images and photographs, Close chose a highly intentional and rigorous method, using his own photography as the basis for his explorations of texture and detail on a grand scale. By making the grid more explicit in Self-Portrait/58, 424, Close reveals his process, and presages the mosaic effect he would achieve later in his career.

    As the creative essence through which Close is able to explore visual possibilities, these maquettes become important works on paper in their own right, showing the incredible skill and patience he used to redefine the language of portraiture.


    The Pace Gallery, New York
    Bill Bass collection, Chicago
    By descent to the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Bill Bass, Chicago


    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; St. Louis Art Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Close Portraits, September 1980-June 1981.
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Atlanta, High Museum of Art; Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005, July 2005-October 2006, pl. 6 (illustrated).