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Nearly 100 photographs by Chuck Close are gathered for what’s been called the first comprehensive look at the
monumental artist’s photographic work, on display in his home state of Washington, at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery. Close
is perhaps most revered for his large-scale paintings, but he’s based many of those works from the portraits he began
shooting, in 1964. Those photos aren’t regarded as mere stepping-stones to his eventual photo-based paintings (though
he started calling them “maquettes” when he, with acrylic paint and airbrush in hand, would grid those portraits out on
canvas). In a conversation with the museum director and art historian Terrie Sultan and the curator Colin Westerbeck,
Close says, “I don’t see [photography] as a lesser art form in any way, shape or form. It’s different, and I like the fact that it’s
different.” The exhibition, titled “Chuck Close Photographs,” will showcase his daguerreotypes and composite Polaroids in
addition to his other portraits and maquettes. The work is on view through April 2. —Libby Peterson
ABOVE: Chuck Close.