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In the early decades of its existence, New York 's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1936, Greece

Lucas Samaras Biography

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936, Kastoria, Greece) is a Greek artist best known for his photography, but his diverse practice also includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, and installation art. In his photography, Samaras obsessively investigates his self-image, typically involving distortion or other transformations through digital and material processes. By simultaneously playing the observer and the observed, Samaras extends the Surrealist exploration of sexuality, terror, mortality, and metamorphosis, in a conscious effort to undermine the viewer. Lush textures and seductive colours are integral to Samaras' work whatever the media employed, as means of throwing us off balance.

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Samaras moved to New York in 1948, and graduated from Rutgers University College of Arts and Sciences, New Jersey, in 1959. During this time he was closely involved with the 'happenings' of Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg, among others. His first solo exhibition in New York was held at the Reuben Gallery in 1959. His work is in the collections of many international museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Gallery, London, and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. His first retrospective was in 1972 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Other major solo exhibitions include Pace Gallery, New York (1974), Denver Art Museum, Denver (1981-83), Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (1991), Galerie Xippas Paris, France (1997), and Waddington Galleries, London (2004). A major exhibition of his self-portraits opened at the Whitney Museum in 2003. He was the 2002 winner of the American Academy Award in Art. In 2009, Samaras represented Greece at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition that spanned four decades of his practice.

Lucas Samaras lives and works in New York City.

Lucas Samaras Featured Artworks

NO NAME 2660 (Kastorian Inveiglements) by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasNO NAME 2660 (Kastorian Inveiglements), 2017 Pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Head #166 by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasHead #166, 1981 Pastel on paper
44.5 x 29.2 cm
Pace Gallery
Photo-Transformation by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasPhoto-Transformation, 1973 Internal dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid SX – 70)
10.8 x 8.9 cm
Pace Gallery
Box #13 by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasBox #13, 1964 Mixed media
Pace Gallery
NO NAME 26 (Screens) by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasNO NAME 26 (Screens), 2017 Pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery
NO NAME 24 (Screens) by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasNO NAME 24 (Screens), 2017 Pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery

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