CHUCK CLOSE, PHIL (from Rubber Stamp Portfolio) - SIGNED, 1976-2015
This work is extremely rare when hand signed by Chuck Close. It is stamp numbered 642/1000 -and originally was an unsigned edition. However, exceptionally, Chuck Close signed this for us boldly in black marker so provenance is direct and irrefutable! We acquired this limited edition pencil numbered Chuck Close print "PHIL", which was part of the "Rubber Stamp" portfolio, numbered 642/1000 and distributed by the Museum of Modern Art in the mid 1970s. The print alone is quite valuable. But then - exceptionally -- in 2015, Close personally signed this for us. So now this 1976 print is hand signed by Chuck Close and dated 2015 - in black marker. Provenance is direct because Chuck signed it for me!
The complete Rubber Stamp Portfolio is comprised of 13 rubber stamp prints, in black and white and color, from the artists Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Daniel Buren, Chuck Close, Barry LeVa, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Don Nice, Myron Stout, Tom Wesselmann, and Joe Zucker.
In addition to being uniquely signed by Chuck Close 40 years later (!!) -- on the verso of the print is the artist's name stamped by Unity Engraving Company, Inc., and the print is housed in its original portfolio sleeve/envelope (shown) which is desirable, as they often separated for framing. Never framed; fine condition.
Publisher: Parasol Press Ltd., New York, New York;
Printer: A. Colish Press
Paper: Strathmore 3-Ply
Distributor: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Stamped by: Unity Engraving Company, Inc.
This is a terrific purchase for Chuck Close fans, because it's a well known print MOMA's 1970s Rubber Stamp Print - of one of the artist's most iconic images (his longtime friend and artistic muse Philip Glass) - but uniquely signed and dated in 2015.
Snag it while you can. Unframed but will look terrific framed. Also accompanied by the original Rubber Stamp envelope (shown) which is rare too.
Boldly signed by Chuck Close in black marker and dated 2015
Provenance: Unsigned print originally acquired as part of the 1976 Rubber Stamp Portfolio 642/1000. Then in 2015, Chuck Close personally signed it for me, boldly in black marker and dated 2015, following his presentation at the New York Public Library. Provenance is direct and irrefutable.