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.