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LUCAS SAMARAS
A Life




ISBN: 978191247582



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A tour de force of narcissism and inventive art . . .
Art and life seamlessly integrate in perpetual metamorphic motion.


––Donald Kuspit


A master of the self-portrait form.


––NEW YORK TIMES




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Lucas Samaras is one of the great avant-garde artists of our time. Renowned both for his innovative use of fabrics and for his skilful deployment of everyday objects in his installations, he is perhaps best known for his work in photography, where he often takes himself as a subject. This lavishly illustrated volume is the authoritative biography of a consummate self-portraitist and a riveting depiction of a paradoxical personality: of an artist whose work in the 1960s and ’70s “prefigured the vindicated narcissism of the selfie era”, but who also shows every sign of being “a quiet and agoraphobic maverick at war with the mindset of calculated sociability.”

From his sensitive evocation of Samaras’s childhood in wartime Greece through to his perceptive interpretation of the artist’s career in the United States, Michael Skafidas has produced an outstanding account of his subject’s life and work. It is also an intriguing record of his own relationship with Samaras, and a powerful mediation on the art of life-writing.


Co-published with Greece in USA under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.




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