For more than 30 years, Chuck Close has explored the art of printmaking in his investigation into the principles of perception. Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration explores the artist’s involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking. Featuring more than 100 works dating from 1972–2002, Chuck Close Prints illustrates the artist’s range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut. Highlighting the creative processes and technical collaboration between the artist and the master printers, the exhibition demonstrates how Close has consistently challenged the accepted boundaries of the printmaking tradition. Taken together, these prints constitute a remarkable self-portrait of the creative drive, vision, and intellect of one of America’s most important living artists.
Gallery Talk with Richard Axsom
August 4, 6:30 pm
Author and art historian Richard Axsom is MMoCA’s consulting curator for Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. Axsom will discuss Close’s prints as portraits, focusing on their psychological and expressive dimensions. Mr. Axsom taught classes in modern and contemporary art at the University of Michigan for 28 years and is the author of eight books on prominent contemporary American artists. Main galleries.
Kids’ Art Adventures
September 10, 1-3 pm
Join art educator Marnie Hyland in making art inspired by Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. Kids will create expressive mixed-media animal portraits after looking at the grid technique used by Chuck Close.
Gallery Talk with Andy Rubin
September 29, 6:30 pm
Andy Rubin, artist and master printer at Tandem Press, talks about his collaboration with Chuck Close as they worked together with Joe Wilfer to produce the linoleum block print Alex (1991). Main galleries.
Gallery Talk with Bill Weege
October 6, 6:30 pm
Artist and master printer Bill Weege discusses works on view in Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. Weege is professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department and founding director of Tandem Press. Main galleries.
Paper Pulp Printing—First Fridays at MMoCA Workshop
October 6, 6-8 pm
Members of the Wisconsin Center for Book and Paper Artse guide visitors in making a unique group print using paper pulp in a process similar to that used by Chuck Close. The workshop is offered on a drop-in basis; all supplies are provided. Adults and kids ages 8 and up are welcome.