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A work made of internal dye diffusion transfer print.

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  • A work made of internal dye diffusion transfer print.


October 17, 1978


Lucas Samaras
American, born 1936

About this artwork

Lucas Samaras, a versatile artist with roots in Pop Art and Surrealism, has turned the camera on himself since the late 1960s, with the Polaroid, or instant color photograph, his preferred medium. His self-titled AutoPolaroids elevate and reclaim a popular technology and express an obsession with the self not unlike that unleashed by the advent of camera phones. Samaras enhances his photographs with filters, scratches, manipulation of chemicals, and, as in this example, ink dots to create what he calls “visual excitement.” The majority of his work portrays his nude body, so it is noteworthy to see him here fully clothed, posing next to a nude woman whose identity is obscured by line drawings.


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Lucas Samaras




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1978


Internal dye diffusion transfer print


Image: 24 × 19 cm (9 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.); Paper: 27.5 × 21.4 cm (10 7/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill

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