To make Lyle, Chuck Close took a large-format Polaroid photograph of fellow artist Lyle Ashton Harris. Then he applied a diagonally oriented penciled grid to the image, dividing it into small diamond-shaped units. Close transposed the photograph onto a canvas overlaid with a larger but otherwise identical grid, painting every diamond individually. Viewed up close, each diamond looks like a small abstract painting of multicolored and irregular concentric rings. From a distance, however, the colors, shapes, and lines coalesce into a depiction of Harris.

Chuck Close (b. 1940), Lyle, 1999. Oil on canvas, 102 1/16 × 84 1/8 × 3 1/16 in. (259.2 × 213.7 × 7.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President 2002.220 © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

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