Gallery Met: Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years

Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years
On the occasion of the Met premiere of Glass’s Satyagraha
Chuck Close
March 17, 2008 – May 17, 2008

The exhibition Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years featured 18 portraits of composer Philip Glass created by Chuck Close between 1968 and 2008. Over the last 40 years, Close has created more than 100 different studies of Glass, in many different mediums. The exhibition was tied to the Met premiere of Glass’s Satyagraha, an opera about Gandhi’s formative years in South Africa. Gallery visitors were also able to hear Philip Glass’s Musical Portrait of Chuck Close during the exhibition, a 15-minute piece for solo piano that premiered at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2005.


  • Phil, 1969
    acrylic on gessoed canvas
    108 x 84 inches
    Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Large Phil Fingerprint/Random, 1979
    stamp pad ink on canvas-backed paper
    58 x 41 inches
    Photograph by Paula Goodman, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Phil/Watercolor, 1977
    watercolor and acrylic on paper
    58 x 40 inches
    Photography by Ellen Labenski, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Phil, 2001
    daguerreotype
    8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
    Photography courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery

  • Phil/Fingerprint, 1980
    stamp pad ink on paper
    93 x 69 inches
    Photograph by Al Mozell, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Philip Glass, State II, 2006
    jacquard tapestry
    103 x 79 inches
    Edition of 6
    Photography by Donald Farnsworth, courtesy Magnolia Editions and Pace Gallery

  • Phil II, 1982
    handmade gray paper, press dried
    69 x 53 1/2 inches
    Edition of 15
    Photograph by Maggie L. Kundtz, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Phil Spitbite, 1995
    spitbite etching
    28 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches
    Edition of 60
    Photography courtesy Pace Prints and Pace Gallery

  • Phil/Fingerprint, 1981
    lithograph
    50 x 38 inches
    Edition of 36
    Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery

  • Installation view of Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years.

  • Installation view of Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years.

  • Installation view of Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years.

  • Installation view of Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years.

  • Installation view of Chuck Close Philip Glass 40 Years.