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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

Untitled by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasUntitled, 2019Pure pigment on paper print
35.6 x 35.6 cm
Pace Gallery
NO NAME 2660 (Kastorian Inveiglements) by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasNO NAME 2660 (Kastorian Inveiglements), 2017Pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Head #166 by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasHead #166, 1981Pastel on paper
44.5 x 29.2 cm
Pace Gallery
Photo-Transformation by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasPhoto-Transformation, 1973Internal 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, 1964Mixed media
Pace Gallery
NO NAME 26 (Screens) by Lucas Samaras contemporary artwork
Lucas SamarasNO NAME 26 (Screens), 2017Pure 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), 2017Pure pigment on paper mounted on Dibond
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Pace Gallery

Lucas Samaras Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Small Format at Pace Gallery, New York
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13 February–19 March 2020 Group Exhibition Small Format Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lucas Samaras, Me, Myself and... at Pace Gallery, New York
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17 January–22 February 2020 Lucas Samaras Me, Myself and... Pace GalleryNew York

Lucas Samaras Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

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