Lucas Samaras Book 4 1962

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In 1960 Samaras began a series of Surrealistinspired boxes filled with personal materials that he encrusted in needles, mirrors, shards of glass, and brightly colored beads. The boxes were followed by room–sized installations and subversive Polaroid self–portraits. Like Samaras's boxes, Book is a multifaceted object and a miniature world in itself. Although it includes eight fictional narratives written by the artist between 1959 and 1967, it is not a storybook. Each thick amoeba–shaped page contains surprises, such as pop–ups, pockets, interlocking layers, foldouts, and hidden pamphlets. Samaras's working maquette for Book offers a glimpse of the handcrafted origin of this sculptural book.

Gallery label from Book/Shelf, March 26–July 7, 2008.
Medium
Book with pins, table knife, scissors, razor blade, metal foil, piece of glass and plastic rod
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 11 1/2" (14 x 22.5 x 29.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
525.1970
Copyright
© 2020 Lucas Samaras
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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