Lucas Samaras

Lucas Samaras

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936, Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece) has been the subject of more than one-hundred solo exhibitions and seven major career retrospectives, including Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2004, which featured a staggering 400 works. In 2009, Samaras represented Greece at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition that spanned four decades of the artist’s practice. Over the years, Samaras has created drawings, furniture, jewelry, paintings, photographs, sculpture and room-sized installation using a variety of material including beads, chicken wire, clay, Cor-ten steel, fabric, mirrors, pastel, pencil, pins, plaster and oil. He has often made himself the subject of his own work, using his own image to push the boundaries of physical and psychological transformation.

Images
, 1978. sewn fabrics, 7' 11" x 9' 2" (241.3 x 279.4 cm).
Reconstruction #41, 1978. sewn fabrics, 7' 11" x 9' 2" (241.3 x 279.4 cm).
, 2012. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
XYZ 0862 (Chinoiserie), 2012. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
, 2011. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
XYZ 0657 (Flea), 2011. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
, 2010. pure pigment on paper, 32" x 18" (81.3 cm x 45.7 cm).
Pose 0556, 2010. pure pigment on paper, 32" x 18" (81.3 cm x 45.7 cm).
, 2010. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
XYZ 0001 (Flea), 2010. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
, 2012. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
XYZ 0930 (Razor Cut), 2012. pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond, 35" x 62" x 1-1/4" (88.9 cm x 157.5 cm x 3.2 cm).
, March 3, 1992. acrylic on canvas board, 50 x 33-1/2" (127 x 85.1 cm).
Mosaic Painting # 27, March 3, 1992. acrylic on canvas board, 50 x 33-1/2" (127 x 85.1 cm).
, 2003. pure pigment on paper, 27-5/8" x 22-1/2" (70.2 cm x 57.2 cm).
Orchid 22, 2003. pure pigment on paper, 27-5/8" x 22-1/2" (70.2 cm x 57.2 cm).
, 2003. pure pigment on paper, 16" x 16" (40.6 cm x 40.6 cm).
Psevma 14, 2003. pure pigment on paper, 16" x 16" (40.6 cm x 40.6 cm).
, 1996. bronze with patina, 11' 9" x 7' 2" x 2' 2-3/4"" (358.1 cm x 218.4 cm x 67.9 cm).
Chair Transformation #20B, 1996. bronze with patina, 11' 9" x 7' 2" x 2' 2-3/4"" (358.1 cm x 218.4 cm x 67.9 cm).
, January 2, 1985. acrylic on canvas, 3' x 10' (91.4 x 304.9 cm).
The Failed Artists, January 2, 1985. acrylic on canvas, 3' x 10' (91.4 x 304.9 cm).
, November 18, 1973. SX-70 Polaroid photograph, 3" x 3" (7.6 cm x 7.6 cm).
Photo-Transformation, November 18, 1973. SX-70 Polaroid photograph, 3" x 3" (7.6 cm x 7.6 cm).
, 1975. painted aluminum, 10' 10" x 8' 4" (330.2 x 254 cm), overall; 29 heads, 1 seated figure.
Green Shadow (Figure) #3, 1975. painted aluminum, 10' 10" x 8' 4" (330.2 x 254 cm), overall; 29 heads, 1 seated figure.
, 1964. pins on wood, 18 x 18 x 18" (45.7 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm).
Untitled, 1964. pins on wood, 18 x 18 x 18" (45.7 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm).
, 1969-70. acrylic on wood, 40" x 25" x 25" (101.6 cm x 63.5 cm x 63.5 cm).
Chair Transformation #9, 1969-70. acrylic on wood, 40" x 25" x 25" (101.6 cm x 63.5 cm x 63.5 cm).
, 1966. Mirrors on wooden frame, 96" x 96" x 10' (243.8 cm x 243.8 cm x 304.8 cm).
Mirrored Room, 1966. Mirrors on wooden frame, 96" x 96" x 10' (243.8 cm x 243.8 cm x 304.8 cm).

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Reconstruction #41 , 1978. sewn fabrics, 7' 11" x 9' 2" (241.3 x 279.4 cm).