Panorama

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    The sense of self is under a perpetual state of scrutiny in Lucas Samaras’s Polaroids, in which he alters the wet dyes to create his Photo-Transformations, as shown within the current lot. By repeatedly photographing himself and subsequently distorting his appearance to results that range from terrifying to whimsical, no two self-portraits are alike with Samaras’s autobiographical works. In the current lot, a number of Polaroids have been spliced together, immediately collapsing any discrepancies in time, distance, depth and location among them. The final image is a multi-faceted portrait that encompasses numerous elements—from spatial to corporeal—within Samaras’s life, providing a 360 view on literal and figurative levels.

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THE ARC OF PHOTOGRAPHY: A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

Panorama

1963
Unique Polaroid assemblage.
8 7/8 x 51 1/8 in. (22.5 x 129.9 cm).
Dated in pencil on the verso.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $12,500

The Arc of Photography...

4 October 2011 6PM
New York