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Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

If you can’t make it to the MET the MET can come to you.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents more than 500 collection highlights in the online gallery One Met. Many Worlds. And that in no less than 11 languages…
That’s coming very close to an art playground!

Detail Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

Detail Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

In the objects gallery you can not only select a work of art and read details about the work and the art historical context, details can also be clicked on to highlight and uncover an additional layer of meaning.

Detail Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

Detail Lucas, 1986-87 by Chuck Close

Taken from the ‘art history’ tab of this work by Chuck Close: Close’s gigantic portrait of the artist Lucas Samaras is based on a Polaroid photograph divided into grid segments for enlargement. In the late 1960s, Close began creating monumental, finely executed Photorealist portraits in acrylic. … Viewed close-up, Samaras’s face dissolves into thousands of small squares, each with its own distinct, colorful pattern; from a distance, this remarkable proliferation of abstract forms coalesces into an image of profound impact, capturing the sitter’s hypnotic intensity.

As a visitor to One Met. Many Worlds. you are invited to contribute by pairing details from the collection in a creative way. You can see my pair in the Visitor Gallery.
Go and have fun in the MET!