Chuck Close
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Using a black-and-white photograph overlaid with a grid, Close created his earliest monumental paintings with an air brush and boundless patience. He took as his guiding philosophy the idea that, as he says, "the process will set you free."



Study for Self-Portrait
Photographed 1967; dated 1968
Photograph, pen and ink, pencil, masking tape, acrylic, wash, and blue plastic strips on cardboard
18 5/8 x 13 3/8"
The Museum of Modern Art,
New York

Big Self-Portrait
Acrylic on canvas
107 1/2 x 83 1/2"
Walker Art Center,

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