Lucas Samaras, ‘Chicken Wire Box #22’, 1972, Pace Gallery
Lucas Samaras, ‘Chicken Wire Box #22’, 1972, Pace Gallery

About Lucas Samaras

Though he has received acclaim for work in a variety of mediums including film, painting, and sculpture, Lucas Samaras is best known for his photography, particularly his self-portraits. Samaras innovated a technique of hand-manipulating the dyes in Polaroid film to distort the photographic images, sometimes blurring parts of his face with gestural scratches and squiggles or misaligning his body. As the nude figure in the affective, color-saturated series, “Photo-Transformations” (1973-1976), Samaras-as-subject is depicted as being angry, in pain, and at odds with himself.

American, b. 1936, Greece

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Summer Days (and Summer Nights), Pace Gallery, New York
2017
NUDES, Grob Gallery, Genève
2017
Speech, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2014
Multi Panel, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York