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Preview: Chuck Close, “Nudes 1967–2014”

Going beyond his famed portraits, Close directed his work to areas below the neck, too

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Laura I, 1984

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Big Nude, 1967

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Bintou I, 2013

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Untitled Torso Diptych, 2000

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Untitled Torso Diptych, 2001

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Torso #4, 1998

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Untitled Torso, 2002

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Photograph: © Chuck Close; courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Laura Triptych, 1984

Although Close is best known for his huge portraits, the nude figure is another subject he’s explored since he began his career in the late 1960s. This show takes the measure of this aspect of his work, collecting Polaroids, 19th-century-style daguerreotypes and paintings—including one of a reclining woman, titled Big Nude, that has never been exhibited here before. Chuck Close, “Nudes 1967–2014” is on view at Pace Gallery (534 W 25th St) Fri 28–Mar 29

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