Chuck Close's Process and Collaberation at the Frist 

Close to Perfect

Close to Perfect
If the idea of teamwork and collaboration fills the self-centered perfectionist in you with dread, this exhibit will make you crazy. Since the early '70s, Chuck Close's paintings and photographs have garnered attention for the boundary-breaking concepts they've embodied as well as for the indefatigable quest for absolute perfection that is revealed in the micro-meticulous surfaces of his portraits. This show zooms in on Close's prints, demonstrating how one creative obsessive navigates the vagaries of various printing processes and the always precarious balancing act that is collaborative work. Including etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut and linocut, the exhibition highlights several series of progressive proofs to provide viewers with a view of the technical and creative process required to realize these complex images.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: June 26. Continues through Sept. 13, 2009

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