Lucas Samaras (born September 14, 1936) is an artist who was born in Kastoria, Greece. He studied at Rutgers University on a scholarship, where he met Allan Kaprow and George Segal. He participated in Kaprow's "Happenings," and posed for Segal's plaster sculptures. Claes Oldenburg, in whose Happenings he also participated, later referred to Samaras as one of the "New Jersey school," which also included Kaprow, Segal, George Brecht, Robert Whitman, Robert Watts, Geoffrey Hendricks and Roy Lichtenstein. Samaras previously worked in painting, sculpture, and performance art, before beginning work in photography. He subsequently constructed room environments that contained elements from his own personal history. His "Auto-Interviews" were a series of text works that were "self-investigatory" interviews. The primary subject of his photographic work is his own self-image, generally distorted and mutilated. He has worked with multi-media collages, and by manipulating the wet dyes in Polaroid photographic film to create what he calls "Photo-Transformations".
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Lucas Samaras represented Greece at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, The Venice Biennale (June 7- November 22, 2009) with the multi-installation "PARAXENA" in the Greek Pavilion in the Giardini.
The Catalogue Raisonné of his works is being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.
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Samaras' work is held in the following permanent public collections:
- Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (formerly The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu)
- Courtauld Institute of Art, London
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Honolulu Museum of Art
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
- Tate Gallery, London
- Walker Art Center, Minnesota
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
- National Gallery (Athens)
- Stiles, p. 290.
- See Stiles, p. 349, for "Another Autointerview," 1971.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-04-27. Stone, Nick. Chuck Close: Lucas (press release). Retrieved 4-27-2011.
- Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz, editors. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings. University of California Press, 1996.
- Jo Applin, '"Materialized Secrets": Samaras, Hesse and the Small Scale Box', Object, no. 4, 2002