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Chuck Close Exhibit At Westport Arts Center To Open Friday

“Chuck Close: About Face” will open at 6 p.m. Friday at the Westport Arts Center
“Chuck Close: About Face” will open at 6 p.m. Friday at the Westport Arts Center Photo Credit: Courtesy Wesport Arts Center

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Arts Center's exhibit of artwork by Chuck Close is set to open Friday.

“Chuck Close: About Face” will open at 6 p.m. Friday at the Westport Arts Center at 51 Riverside Ave. in Westport. The display features "a dynamic exhibition of photo maquettes, prints, and drawings that span the artist’s career to date" and "will focus on Close’s photo maquettes and their relationship to his larger scale prints and paintings," according to a press release.

The exhibit includes images of close friends and artists, including artists Cecily Brown, Keith Hollingworth, Andrés Serrano, James Siena and Kara Walker as well as composer Philip Glass, collector Agnes Gund and art dealer Klaus Kertess. Exhibited works come from the New York collections of Beth DeWoody and Joel and Sherry Mallin, as well as Westport’s Robert Elson, who was Close’s friend and subject in 1980s.

“Chuck Close’s portraits are poised between abstraction and representation. In the exhibition, ‘About Face,’ questions arise, such as ‘How were these portraits executed and who are these people depicted? Why do they transfix us?’ Viewing the photo maquettes brings insight to the intellectual, emotional, and physical processes of one the world’s great contemporary artists," said curator and Director of Visual Arts Helen Klisser During.

Additional Chuck Close prints and photo maquettes are courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery and Pace Prints in New York.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070 or visit the Westport Arts Center website .

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