FIRST EDITION OF LUCAS SAMARAS FIRST BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY; INSCRIBED BY HIM TO LES NAVARRE
Item Number: 1371
New York: The Whitney Museum of American Art and Pace Editions, 1971.
First edition. Large quarto, original embossed pictorial cloth, mounted cover photograph. Inscribed by Lucas Samaras to Les Navarre, the director of the Harry Abrams Art Gallery. In fine condition. Books signed or inscribed by Samaras are fairly uncommon.
The primary subject of Lucas Samaras' photographic work is his self-image, often shown distorted. He has worked with multi-media collages, manipulating the wet dyes in Polaroid photographic film to create what he calls "Photo-Transformations". Likewise, Samaras constructed rooms that contained elements from his own personal history, and he described his "Auto-Interviews" as "self-investigatory" interviews in the form of text works.