Chuck Close MCA Sydney | TRAVEL

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is currently playing host to the largest collection of Chuck Close’s work ever shown in the Southern Hemisphere.

Prints, Process and Collaboration is photorealism at its best. This exhibition truly highlights the artistic process and allows the viewer a look at what it really means to create art.

The curator and exhibition designers have presented the space to effectively showcase the massive scale of his portraits.

Close uses techniques such as tapestry, hand stamping, mezzotinting, and silk-screening to present his stunning works of art. Even more incredible is that Close has face blindness, which he cites as the reason he works in portraiture.

Image courtesy Pace Gallery

The brilliant retrospective of Close’s work, with artworks from 1969-2014, depict friends, relatives, collaborators, artists who have influenced him.

There are also several self-portraits from over the years, displaying Close’s love for experimentation in mediums and techniques.

Highlights include the jacquard tapestry of Lou Reed, the alarmingly clear photorealistic painting Bob, and his daguerreotype-style artworks featuring Brad Pitt and Willem Dafoe.

Chuck Close at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is a must see for art and photography lovers.

Words by Hannah Abell

Details: 02 9245 2400 | 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia | 20 November to 15 March | Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm (10:00am to 9:00pm Thursdays) | Tickets: $14.80 to $19.90 online or at venue

Feature Image: Chuck Close. Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat) 2013. Archival water colour pigment print (90°) on Hahnemühle rag paper. Image courtesy Pace Gallery © the artist in association with Magnolia Editions, Oakland. Photograph: courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland and Pace Gallery