This week’s New York magazine spotlights Lucas Samaras and five other artists who have historically worked with Polaroid instant film. As soon as the Polaroid camera was introduced to the public in 1972, Samaras seized upon it as a tool for artistic expression, manipulating the dyes within the photograph to create distorted images and “painting” kaleidoscopic swirls of color for “Photo-Transformations,” his iconic series of self-portraits.
Samaras, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, and other artists are featured in Instant: The Story of Polaroid, a new book by Christopher Bonanos about the history of the Polaroid. Read an excerpt from the book in New York.
This week Pace opens a show of twenty new works by Samaras that directly evolved from his early experiments with Polaroids and manipulated images. Lucas Samaras: XYZ, the inaugural exhibition at Pace’s new gallery at 508 West 25th Street, is on view from September 28 through October 27.