Portraits of Barack Obama on sale for the Obama Victory Fund

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.