Chuck Close - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC
    Phillips, New York, 9 April 2008, lot 384

  • Literature

    'The Kate Moss Portfolio’, W, September 2003, pp. 415-419, 421
    Fashioning Fiction in Photography Since 1990, New York: MoMA, 2004, p.131
    Kate Moss, New York: Rizzoli, 2012, pp. 158-159

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2003, Chuck Close created a series of daguerreotypes of fashion legend Kate Moss for W magazine’s September issue, featuring a 40-page portfolio of uniquely personal visions of Kate created by leading artists. Close recalls the session:

    'She wore no makeup; she hadn’t combed her hair. My daguerreotypes are not flattering – any flaws on one’s complexion are exaggerated wildly – and I thought she might be upset. But she said, ‘I’ve had enough pretty pictures made of me.’ She understood what it is that I do, and she was perfectly willing to provide it.'

    Presented nude and without makeup in tightly cropped, unforgiving detail, Close perfectly captures Kate’s human essence as well as her confidence as a perennial beauty icon.


Kate Moss

Six archival pigment prints, comprising nine images, printed 2005.
Varying sizes from 22.5 x 17.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.) to 35.6 x 26.7 cm (14 x 10 1/2 in.)
Each signed, dated and numbered 23/25 in pencil in the margin.

£40,000 - 60,000 

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London Auction 25 September 2020