Charlotte, 12 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
This week, an article in the New Yorker by Calvin Tomkins gave details of the creation of Chuck Close: A Portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama.
From a Polaroid picture of the President, Mr. Close has made a tapestry that was displayed at the Mint Museum in Charlotte in the state of North Carolina, during the Democratic National Convention. This tapestry was part of a series of ten portraits are now on sale for $100,000 per unit, together with other parts, in a private sale to be held in October and whose earnings will go to the Obama Victory Fund .
Close, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts and is a strong supporter of the arts in education, joined the U.S. president last July for a shooting near the White House. A color reproduction made from the same portrait will also be sold: the large format could reach $50,000 (for an edition of ten copies), while the small size (for an edition of forty copies) may be sold at $25,000. Some prints have also been signed by the President and Close.