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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.[1] 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.[2] His "Auto-Interviews" were a series of text works that were "self-investigatory" interviews.[3] 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".

Lucas Samaras
'Photo-Transformation', Polaroid SX-70 print by Lucas Samaras, 1973, Getty Museum.jpg
Self-portrait, Photo-Transformation, Polaroid SX-70 print, 1973, Getty Museum
Born1936 (1936)
NationalityAmerican
EducationRutgers University
Known forPhotography, Sculpture, Printmaking

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.[4]

Samaras has been the subject of several portraits by Chuck Close, in media including painting, daguerreotype, and tapestry.[5]

The Catalogue Raisonné of his works is being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.

Lucas Samaras is represented by The Pace Gallery in New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery in London

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CollectionsEdit

Samaras' work is held in the following permanent public collections:

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Stiles, p. 290.
  2. ^ Id.
  3. ^ See Stiles, p. 349, for "Another Autointerview," 1971.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  5. ^ "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.

Further readingEdit

  • Goysdotter, Moa (2013). Impure Vision: American Staged Art Photography of the 1970s. Lund: Nordic Academic Press. ISBN 9789187351006.

ReferencesEdit

  • 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

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