Artwork Title: Phil - Artist Name: Chuck CloseArtwork Title: Phil - Artist Name: Chuck Close

Phil, 1969

Chuck Close

Phil is a portrait of Chuck Close’s long-time friend, composer Philip Glass. The artist took a passport-size photograph of the sitter, overlaid it with a penciled grid, and then painted a vastly enlarged blowup of each square onto the canvas using airbrushes to create a photographic finish. As a result of this drastic enlargement, we see Glass at an uncomfortably close distance from which every mole, hair, and wrinkle is visible. With its cool... (


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