Subway Portraits at 86th St


Chuck Close created 12 large-scale portraits for the 86th Street subway station of the Metropolitan Transit Authority`s 2nd Avenue Subway. The artwork was revealed during a preview at the Museum of Modern Art. Close`s 10 mosaic and two tile works are based on the artist`s detailed photo-realistic portrait paintings and prints, accomplished using a variety of groundbreaking painting techniques, such as breaking images down into grids or pixels. The people portrayed are Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, and Lou Reed, as well as two distinct self-portraits.

Installed, 2016