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Untitled # 45

Artist:
Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria, 1936)
Date:
1975
Medium:
Graphite on black paper
Dimensions:
H. 13, W. 13 inches (33 x 33 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Arnold and Milly Glimcher, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.416.36
Rights and Reproduction:
©Lucas Samaras
Not on view
In 1975, Samaras began a drawing series titled Matrix (the Latin root of which means mother and womb) upon hearing news over the phone of his mother’s death in Greece. The Matrix drawings were executed on black paper in glossy graphite and, occasionally, metallic pencil. They depict the artist’s hands (one holds a telephone cord), honeycomb patterns, and drafting utensils—French curves and protractors—combined with stenciled words and phrases such as "Do Not Forget," "Speechless," and, here, "Pretend."
Signature: On reverse: May 1/75 45
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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