Chuck Close

Lyle
1999

Not on view

Artist
Chuck Close

Title
Lyle

Date
1999

Classification
Paintings

Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions
Overall: 102 1/16 × 84 1/8 × 3 1/16 in. (259.2 × 213.7 × 7.8 cm)

Accession number
2002.220

Credit line
Gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President

Rights and reproductions information
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery


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  • Human Interest, Kids

    Chuck Close, Lyle, 1999

    Chuck Close, Lyle, 1999

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    Narrator: In this piece Chuck Close painted a portrait of the artist Lyle Ashton Harris. Look closely and examine the artist’s unusual technique. Close created a diagonal grid in which each diamond shape contains its own tiny, brushy painting. From close up the work seems abstract, as if the artist is concentrating on experiments with different colors and brushstrokes. But take a step back—just watch where you’re going as you do! From further away, all of those small individual abstract paintings join together to make a face.

    The artist has purposefully chosen a technique that offers viewers two very different experiences. By giving us such a different view close up versus far away, maybe he is asking us to get to know his painting as well we would get to know a person. 



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