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Untitled - February 16, 1961

A work made of pastel with smudging tan wove on paper.

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  • A work made of pastel with smudging tan wove on paper.

Date:

1961

Artist:

Lucas Samaras
American, born Greece, 1936

About this artwork

Lucas Samaras’s drawings represent surreal figures inhabiting a realm between sleeping and waking. The only recognizable forms in the profile portrait are an ear and red lips. Ambiguously rendered, the head appears to be either in the process of forming or dissolving. As self-portraits in an ongoing process of self-examination, Samaras’s pastels embody different emotional and mental states in their bright, expressive colors, intended to motivate introspection also in the viewer. Such pastels inspired the Polaroid photo-transformations which he produced in the 1970s and which are well-represented in The Art Institute of Chicago’s photography collection.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lucas Samaras

Title

Untitled - February 16, 1961

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1961

Medium

Pastel with smudging tan wove on paper

Dimensions

306 × 229 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.331

Extended information about this artwork

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