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Large Drawing # 44

Artist:
Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria, 1936)
Date:
1966
Medium:
Graphite, colored pencil, and incised lines on paper
Dimensions:
17 x 14in. (43.2 x 35.6cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Arnold and Milly Glimcher, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.416.23
Rights and Reproduction:
©Lucas Samaras
Not on view
In an effort to learn the interior terrain of his body, Samaras had his skull X-rayed in 1965: "I had an X-ray of my skull taken to see the bone structure and I felt faint even though I couldn’t see my soul. I said I did it to see how the skeleton would look after my death and by this devious glimpse of death to diffuse its horror."
Inscription: On reverse: Oct 30/66/No.44/L.S.
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras," November 13, 2003–February 8, 2004, unnumbered cat. (p. 100).

Athens. National Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum. "Lucas Samaras: A Retrospective," April 4–June 30, 2005, extended to July 31, 2005, unnumbered cat. (p. 97).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lens and the Mirror, Part 2: Self–Portraits from the Collection, 1957–2000," August 3–November 29, 2009, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul," February 24–September 7, 2014, no catalogue.

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