Close Up

Internationally famous portrait artist Chuck Close is perhaps best known for his photo-realist paintings. But as Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something shows, he’s also an accomplished photographer. Organized by the Aperture Foundation, this show, at the Loveland Museum and Gallery, brings together a group of the artist’s compelling daguerreotypes.

To make them, Close, who is confined to a wheelchair, worked with Jerry Spagnoli, a renowned expert in the complicated and long-obsolete photographic process. Close also asked New York poet Bob Holman to write individual pieces to accompany each of the photos. The sitters for these portraits are Close’s friends and fellow artists, including such luminaries as Philip Glass, Cindy Sherman and Andres Serrano.

“The subjects of his photographs expand the idea of the artistic circle,” says Loveland Museum curator Maureen Corey. “The entire exhibition is truly a group portrait, with the images and poetry combined to provide an interdependent composite portrait that uniquely links written and visual expression.” Chuck Close opens with a reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum, 503 Lincoln Avenue in Loveland, and stays up through the end of the year. Call 1-970-962-2410 or go to for additional details.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 1. Continues through Jan. 1, 2011

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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