The Chuck Close catalogue raisonné is the definitive list of paintings by Chuck Close, and is updated regularly to include his most recent works. Monumental in scale and exhaustive in detail, the catalogue is the most comprehensive and interactive publication about the artist to date. It documents the artist’s process, biography, and the myriad approaches he has innovated in rendering the human face. Forthcoming volumes will supplement the existing catalogue with complete records of the artist’s drawings and photo maquettes, plus a career-spanning selection of prints.
Each artwork record includes complete provenance, exhibition, and literature histories, excerpts from relevant published texts, and numerous illustrations including progress and exhibition photographs. Close’s only film, the 1970 Slow Pan for Bob, can be viewed in its entirety. The catalogue includes nearly 1,200 images, more than 100 quotations from the artist, and extensive exhibition and literature histories documenting some 1,200 solo and group shows and 2,500 publications. The growing multimedia archive includes 70 video and audio files to date. Editor Carina Evangelista has enriched the catalogue with original scholarship, including three essays, one of which describes the artist’s landmark 1969 lawsuit, which contributed to freedom of expression through the visual arts.