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
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
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.