Phil (Hand Signed) - over 7 feet high - outdoor billboard, 2014
Oversized (huge) offset lithograph banner. Signed and dated by Chuck Close in 2017
86 × 47 inches
Signed and dated 2017 in ink on the front
Beyond scarce. This huge banner -- 86 inches, or more than seven (7) feet tall - was created in 2014 as part of the Art Everywhere project. For one month back in 2014, digital billboards and static displays across the United States featured different works of American art, an initiative launched to create discourse and curiosity. This Chuck Close banner was one of them. The project was sponsored by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. The five museums that contributed the artwork are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. This huge banner was never marketed to the general public, and most were used as displays so not too many remained. None of them were signed. We were lucky enough to snag this banner, and then Chuck Close graciously signed it for us in 2017 - from his wheelchair, shaky hand and all. Provenance is direct and irrefutable, as Chuck signed it for us. Good luck ever finding or obtaining another one of these. Chuck Close has not been seen in public for a long time, and the chances of anyone else being able to acquire this 7 foot banner, and secure his signature are slim to none - more like zero to none. Authenticity is guaranteed. This piece will look dazzling framed, and the waviness and handling marks should frame out. It will make quite an incredible statement! For Chuck Close fans, this banner - depicting one of the artist's most iconic works ever -- his 1969 portrait of his good friend, Philip Glass, this hand signed banner is the ultimate piece. We have yet to see the likes of this anywhere else, so it is quite unique. Nobody else you know will have this!