Lucas Samaras: Objects and Subjects, 1969-1986

Lucas Samaras: Objects and Subjects, 1969-1986

by Thomas McEvilley, Donald Kuspit, Roberta Smith

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Catalogue of a traveling retrospective exhibit, this representative collection of Samaras's paintings, pastels, photographs, collages, assemblages and sculptures illuminates an oeuvre brilliantly integrating a masterful control of explosive color, a cerebral sense of design and passionate, often disturbing, emotive elements. Three introductory essays address issues central to Samaras's arttransformation and autoeroticism. McEvilley, contributing editor of Art Forum, links the ``stage set'' quality of various pieces to the artist's concern with ``theatrical self-presentation,'' viewing the increasing dimensionality of Samaras's media as a metaphor for the merging of art and life. Taking a psychoanalytic tack, Kuspit, who teaches at State University of New York, analyzes the distorted self-portraitsdismembered, confrontational drawings; grotesque, death mask-like ``phototransformations''as vehicles through which their maker exposes and ``rejuvenates'' illicit aspects of his subconscious. Smith, contributing editor at Art in America, gives a more straightforward, process-oriented critique of the artist's output, identifying in its repetition of a limited set of motifs in an ever-expanding technique, the ultimate coherence in Samaras's work. (May)

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