Renowned photorealist Chuck Close died at 82 on Thursday, August 19, at a hospital in Oceanside, New York. The Washington Post wrote about it.
Close’s death was confirmed by his attorney John Silberman.
Close was diagnosed in 2015 with frontal and temporal dementia (LVD), and the immediate cause of death was congestive heart failure, said Adriana Elgarresta, director of public relations at the Pace Art Gallery in New York.
Charles Thomas Close was born in Monroe, Washington, on July 5, 1940. He became known for his large-format paintings based on photographs. Close created large portraits from small pictures that resembled a mosaic. This painting technique achieved a 3D effect.
In 1988, as a result of an injury to the spine, the artist was paralyzed, but continued to work. In 2000 he was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Arts.
In 2015, one of his self-portraits sold at auction for $2.4 million.
In 2017, two women accused Clowes of indecent conversations and requests to undress, whereas the original conversation was about art, HuffPost and the Times wrote. In subsequent interviews, he apologized for making women feel uncomfortable. But when the National Gallery of Art canceled an exhibition of his work scheduled for 2018, the artist called the accusations against him a lie, calling himself a “supporter of women and women artists in particular” who had “done nothing wrong.”