Since the late 1960s, when Close abandoned abstract work, photography has been intrinsic to his process. What began as a photographic experiment and led to a useful artist’s tool culminates here as an impressive mural-sized portrait of Sir Elton John. A print of the image is in the sitter’s collection and served as the cover illustration for his exhibition catalogue Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection
. Of this portrait, John said, ‘I wanted it to be as honest as possible. And it is. It's me.’
In the fall of 2018, John will kick off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, a three year, 300-concert tour marking his retirement from performing.