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Samaras: The Photographs of Lucas Samaras

Publisher: New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 1987
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0893812412
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 102558



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in red on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Lucas Samaras. Essay by Ben Lifson. Includes notes on the text, a chronology and a bibliography. Designed by Manfred Heiting. 184 pp., with 74 four-color and 12 black and white plates and additional reference illustrations finely printed in Hong Kong by Everbest Printing Co., Ltd. 9-3/4 x 12-1/2 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the publisher: "Photographer, painter, sculptor, Lucas Samaras is one of the most influential and provocative artists of our time. This volume is a definitive compilation of Samaras' work in photography, beginning with his earliest 'Auto-Polaroids.' This exhaustive body of work paved the way for a generation of contemporary photo-artists, expanding the expressive possibilities of the medium. Using Polaroid materials, large--sometimes life-sized--formats, manipulated imagery, and composites, Samaras helped forge a vocabulary employed by artists and photographers throughout the eighties. In his most profound achievement, he adopted one of photography's basic genres--portraiture--and used it as a basis for an inquiry into the self, which remains unmatched in its intensity and boundless in its ramifications. Photography critic Ben Lifson provides a trenchant critique and history of Samaras' work. 'Samaras split himself into model, actor, director, audience, and critic,' Lifson writes. 'To each of these roles he brought a skilled artist's hand and an eye deeply informed by the historical traditions and motifs of art and by the vernacular and popular traditions of photography. He became a rare figure in American art, not an artist who occasionally uses photography for tactical reasons . . . but an artist who made photography central to his aesthetic campaign'."