current exhibitions

  • 1/9
    cate blanchett, 2006
    (Type C color print)
  • 2/9
    Denzel Washington, 2004
    (Type C color print)
  • 3/9
    PiipaIo, 2007
    (Type C color print)
  • 4/9
    George Clooney, 2007
    (Type C color print)
  • 5/9
    Frankie, 2001
    (Type C color print)
  • 6/9
    meryl streep, 2006
    (Type C color print)
  • 7/9
    Christopher Walken, 2000
    (Type C color print)
  • 8/9
    Jackson, 2005
    (Type C color print)
  • 9/9
    Marilyn Manson, 2000
    (Type C color print)


A photographic close-up is perhaps the purest form of portraiture, creating a confrontation between the viewer and the subject that daily interaction makes impossible, or at least impolite. — Martin Schoeller

Informed by his early exposure to both the celebrity portrait work of Annie Leibovitz and the formal austerity of German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, Martin Schoeller’s photographic portraits provide a topographic and serial representation of various human faces.

A native of Germany, Schoeller, who now lives and works in New York, makes portraits both of well-known actors, politicians, and musicians, as well as the distinctly “un-famous” who are presented at parity, enabling us to question our notions about celebrity, personality, and likeness.

These large-scale photographs, with their hyper-real detail, give us unflinching close-ups that at once decontextualize the face as they detail its landscape. As a result, each image proves a compelling visual topography and an opportunity to precisely examine the apparent complexities and contradictions of each subject. When hung en masse, Schoeller’s photographs take on a haunting prosthetic agency, as if his subjects are gazing back at the viewer while we gaze at them.

View Prospectus (PDF)

Number of Works: 48

Frame Sizes:
32 of 61-1/16 x 49-9/16 inches (155 x 126 cm)
15 of 42-7/16 x 34-9/16 inches (108 x 88 cm)
1 gridded frame 1.6 x 1.3 meters and 1.1 x .9 meters

Space Requirements: 345 linear feet (105 linear meters)

publication: Close Up (TeNues, 2005)

lectures: Artist available


Seattle Met, Seth Summerfeld, November 13, 2013
PetaPixel, interview by Eric Calouro, June 14, 2013
eiuthreesixty, Elizabeth Edwards, February 07, 2013
The Daily Eastern Illinois, Rachel Rodgers, Janurary 31, 2013
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, January 16, 2013
Naples News, Donald Miller, October 18, 2012
New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Michael Mills, February 23, 2012
Palm Beach Post, Scott Eyman, February 20, 2012
Boca Raton Magazine, John Thomason, February 1, 2012
Sun-Sentinel, Phillip Valys, January 26, 2012
Boca Raton Magazine, John Thomason, January 26, 2012
Sun-Sentinel, Rod Stafford, January 13, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald, Robert McFarlane, November 20, 2010
ABC Canberra, November 18, 2010
The New Yorker, January 28, 2008