Peder Lund is proud to announce its third 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, aluminum, bronze, clay, fabric, precious metals and stones, razor blades, and pins. Across this large variety of media, he has managed to maintain a distinctively characteristic stylistic expression over the past six decades, regardless of contemporaneous artistic tendencies. The exhibition Lucas Samaras: Angry Beauty will feature a suite of nineteen acrylic on canvas works all completed between December 1984 and June 1985. These masterworks, from the artist's series titled The Artworld Types, have never been shown before, and the exhibition is a product of a direct dialogue with the artist to finally bring these paintings to light. The exhibition opens on September 17th and continues through November 5, 2022.
Work by Lucas Samaras is owned by some of the most respected institutions in the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York owns a stunning example from The Artworld Types series titled The Patrons (1985), among over 120 other photographs, paintings, and boxes by the artist. In 2004, the Whitney Museum mounted a major exhibition of the work of Samaras; titled The Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras, the show traced the development of Samaras's self-portrait leitmotif, from the late 1950s to the present. The exhibition was the first in an American museum in fifteen years, and the first major consideration of the artist's oeuvre in New York since 1972. The Metropolitan Museum, New York, has a particularly substantial holding of the artist's work and mounted a major exhibition of their collection in 2014.
Samaras has been the subject of numerous other solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Morgan Library & Museum, 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 lives and works in New York.