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Image of Sittings (Patterson Sims) 36666


Lucas Samaras (Loukas Damianou Samaras) (Kastoria, Greece, 9/14/1936 - )


Sittings (Patterson Sims)

Creation Date



late 20th century


32 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (81.6 x 54.93 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

polaroid on paper

Credit Line

Archival Collection of Marion Boulton Stroud and Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Gift from the Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud Foundation


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In working with the 20 x 24 inch polaroid camera, Lucas Samaras brought a technological behemoth into his studio. He set up colorful lights, draperies, and a kitchen chair, before exposing his sitters and himself to the dispassionate eye of the camera. The resulting oversized color prints are confounding—a glimpse into an instantaneous artistic transformation witnessed by the artist and revealed in great detail to the viewer. This and other large-scale polaroids of the series anticipate the intrusion of communication technology into the most personal aspects of people’s lives. While they might be less delirious and intimate than Samaras’s earlier photographic self-portraits—he had worked with smaller-format polaroids for a decade before the 20 x 24 became available, often collaging and physically manipulating the images—the luscious, larger works preserve the experience of a sensual encounter between man and machine. Joachim Homann, Ph.D., Curator

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