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Lucas Samaras

Chairs and Pastels

May 9, 2015 - August 29, 2015

Peder Lund is pleased to announce its second exhibition with the Greek-American artist Lucas Samaras (b. 1936). The vastly productive sculptor, photographer, painter, filmmaker, writer and performance artist has worked in such diverse materials as Polaroid film, acrylic and oil paint, pastel, aluminium, bronze, clay, fabric, precious metals and stones, razor blades and pins. Across this large variety of media he has mastered to maintain a distinctively characteristic stylistic expression over the past six decades, regardless of contemporaneous artistic tendencies. The exhibition Lucas Samaras: Chairs and Pastels will feature a suite of pastels and three sculptural chairs. The exhibition opens 9 May and continues through 29 August 2015.

Lucas Samaras was born in Kastoria in Greece in 1936 and immigrated to New Jersey with his family in 1948. He studied under Allan Kaprow at Rutgers University and Meyer Schapiro at Columbia University, and became a key figure in the Happenings in New York in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. Samaras has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. His work has been represented at three editions of Documenta (1968, 1972, 1977); the Whitney Annual Exhibition (1965, 1968, 1970); and at the 1980 Venice Biennale. He represented Greece at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Samaras’ work is included in more than forty public collections worldwide, including Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Samaras lives and works in New York.

abstract wooden sculpture made of chopsticks painted red and orange
abstract wooden sculpture made of chopsticks painted blue and yellow
Drawing of a head of a man primarily in yellow, black beard and dark blue background

Head #83, July 2, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of a head of a man in many colors

Head #188, July 24, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of a head of a man in many colors

Head #154, July 18, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of the eye and nose of a man in many colors

Head #164, July 20, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of the eye and nose of a man in many colors

Head #166, July 20, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of the eye and nose of a man in many colors

Head #160, July 19, 1981

Lucas Samaras

impressionistic drawing of the eye of a man in many colors

Head #141, July 14, 1981

Lucas Samaras

Drawing of a head of a man primarily in blue and green, black beard and dark red background

Head #98, July 4, 1981

Lucas Samaras

Drawing of a head of a man primarily in blue, black beard and dark blue/red background

Head #130, July 11, 1981

Lucas Samaras