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AutoPolaroid

Artist:
Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria, 1936)
Date:
1970
Medium:
Instant color print with hand-applied ink
Dimensions:
3 3/4 × 2 7/8 in. (9.5 × 7.3 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.40.13
Rights and Reproduction:
© Lucas Samaras
Not on view
When he acquired his first Polaroid camera, a 360 Land Camera, in late 1969, Samaras made hundreds of images in a matter of months, most of which are self-portraits: "I like remaking myself in photography". The Polaroid offered instant return; images were delivered in a matter of seconds in the comfort of the artist’s home/studio. Many of Samaras’s AutoPolaroids are enhanced with hand-applied ink, as here, where stippled marks surround multiple images of the martyred artist. "I was raised up by a very religious family," he recalled, "The nailing on the cross."
the artist, New York (1970–2014; his gift to MMA)

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras," November 13, 2003–February 8, 2004, unnumbered cat. (p. 153; lent by the artist, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York).

Athens. National Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum. "Lucas Samaras: A Retrospective," April 4–June 30, 2005, extended to July 31, 2005, unnumbered cat. (p. 148; lent courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York).

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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