Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chuck Close Obama tapestries in the news

Chuck Close in August 2012 with Obama I and Obama II, two Jacquard tapestries published by Magnolia Editions. Photo by Donald Farnsworth.

Chuck Close and Magnolia Editions have been hard at work in recent months on a series of editioned tapestries and watercolor print portraits of President Barack Obama. The tapestries and prints will be published by Magnolia Editions and sold at a private fundraiser at Lever House in New York on October 3rd, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund. A number of the prints will be signed by both Close and the President.

Earlier this month, one of Close's Obama tapestries was unveiled at North Carolina's Mint Museum in honor of the Democratic National Convention. The tapestries and prints will also be on view at Close's upcoming show at Pace Gallery in New York, opening October 19th.

The news of Close's fundraising venture has been making the rounds of Twitter and other media outlets at viral speeds. Writer and critic Calvin Tomkins stopped by Close's studio for a Talk of the Town feature in this week's New Yorker, while Artinfo.com also reports on the tapestries on their website's In the Air section.

Chuck Close - Obama (large), 2012
Archival watercolor pigment print (45°) on Hahnemühle rag paper
Image: 66 1/4 x 54 3/4 in. Paper: 75 x 60 in. Edition of 10, published by Magnolia Editions

A portion of the watercolor prints, which have been editioned in three sizes, are now available for purchase directly through this form on President Obama's website.

Magnolia Editions is proud to be a part of President Obama's re-election effort and we sincerely hope these publications will help to ensure a Democratic victory in November! We encourage you to reblog and retweet to spread awareness of this unique opportunity to make a difference in the future of our country by acquiring a cutting-edge work by an undisputed master of contemporary portraiture.

In other news, Close's tapestries also appeared in a recent Village Voice story about the artist preparing for his October show at Pace, which leads off with the unforgettable line: "Lou Reed's got wrinkles in his wrinkles." (Close and Magnolia's Donald Farnsworth are currently proofing a tapestry portrait of the legendary rocker, to be debuted at the Pace show.) Read the entire article here: "A Visit with Art-World Hero Chuck Close."

More tapestries and prints by Chuck Close at Magnolia Editions

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