Four signed books from Chuck Close! "The remarkable career of artist Chuck Close extends beyond his completed works of art. More than just a painter, photographer, and printmaker, Close is a builder who, in his words, builds "painting experiences for the viewer."--READ MORE on Close's web site
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something. Photographs by Chuck Close. Interview by Lyle Rexer. Poetry by Bob Holman. Aperture, New York, 2006. 56 pp. Folio. First edition. First printing. SIGNED by Chuck Close. title page. Clothbound with tipped on holographic cover images (front and rear). Silver debossed title and spine. No jacket as issued. 22 tritone illustrations.
Fine-; ISBN sticker rear board; faint rubbing to cover images.
"A Couple of Ways of Doing Something replicates a deluxe limited-edition portfolio whose initial run was only 75 copies. This clothbound edition preserves the luxurious sensibility of the original with 22 extraordinary oversized daguerreotypes printed in rich tritone. Working with daguerreotype master Jerry Spagnoli to conquer the complexities of this venerable process, which yields images of astonishing detail and gravity, Chuck Close photographed many of the same artist-friends who have made regular appearances in his paintings over the years: Laurie Anderson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Cecily Brown, Gregory Crewdson, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Philip Glass, Bob Holman, Elizabeth Murray, Elizabeth Peyton, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, James Siena, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, James Turrell, Robert Wilson, Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage and himself. Each image is complemented by a poem on its subject by Bob Holman, the celebrated and widely published New York School poet who originated and hosted the famous Poetry Slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café and now runs the Bowery Poetry Club. With the counterpoint of Holman’s engaging poetry, the collected work becomes a transfixing group portrait of Close’s influential and highly creative circle of friends and colleagues, as well as an exploration of a challenging photographic medium."--the publisher
Chuck Close: Work. Text by Christopher Finch. Prestel, Munich, Berlin, London, New York, 2010. 352 pp. Small folio (13x12 in.) First edition. Signed on the title page by Chuck Close and Christopher Finch. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color and black-and-white reproductions.
Very slight wear and corner imperfections; otherwise Fine/Fine.
The most in-depth analysis to date of Close's long career. Extensive bibliography and exhibition history make this an essential reference.
Chuck Close: Self-Portraits, 1967-2005. Texts by Madeleine Grynsztejn; Siri Engberg; Douglas R Nickel. Walker Art Center/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco/Minneapolis, 2005. 152 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED on preliminary page. Hardbound with cloth spine. Photo-illustrated boards. Color and black-and-white reproductions.
Touch of wear at corners; otherwise Fine.
A fantastic catalogue of Close's Self-Portraits, genre of portraiture probably most important to him throughout his career.
Christopher Finch: Chuck Close: Life. Prestel, Munich, Berlin, London, New York, 2010. 350 pp. Thick quarto. Signed on the title page by Chuck Close and Christopher Finch. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white and color reproductions.
Finch's authorized biography of Close, published same year as the major monograph listed above.