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., 22 tritone illustrations, 12x15".
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. A traveling exhibition of the work will
launch in November 2006 at the Aperture Gallery.