Chuck Close and AOL Celebrate New Partnership with 20×24 Images

Chuck Close in the 20x24 Studio, New York.

Chuck Close and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at 20x24 Studio

In nearly 40 years of creating large-scale iconic images, American artist Chuck Close had never taken a commission, or allowed his work to be used commercially. That will change this year when Mr. Close starts shooting an ad campaign for AOL.  It’s not strictly an ad campaign, but more a showcase of American artists, designers and inventors, part of a year-long “Project on Creativity,” which includes Mr. Close making images of AOL users that have made a difference, like inventor Dean Kamen, who designed the wheelchair he uses to get around, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, also an AOL user (who knew?), and actress Claire Danes.  “I really wanted to get involved because of their commitment to creativity on all fronts,” Mr. Close said at the unveiling of the project at AOL’s 25th anniversary party at the New Museum in New York City.  Read more here.

Chuck Close 2010

Go behind the scenes at the 20×24 Studio.