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Panorama, 11/26/84

1984 Lucas Samaras Born: Kastoria, Greece 1936 instant color prints image: 9 1/2 x 35 1/8 in. (24.1 x 89.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1986.4 Not currently on view

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Lucas Samaras, who is also known for sculptures and sewn-fabric paintings, began making Polaroid® photographs in 1969. In the 1980s he began a series he called Panoramas, many of them self-portraits or dramatically lighted interiors of his apartment and studio that are spliced together from strips cut from large-format Polaroid photographs, recombined to create a contiguous but psychologically skewed space.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


Architecture Interior - domestic - kitchen

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Modern art movement - collage

Object - flower - orchid

Object - furniture - stove

Occupation - art - artist

Portrait male - Samaras, Lucas - self-portrait

photography - photoprint

dye diffusion-trans. - instant color

About Lucas Samaras

Born: Kastoria, Greece 1936