Lucas Samaras Box #61 1967

Artwork details

Artist
Lucas Samaras born 1936
Title
Box #61
Date 1967
Medium Wood, wool, brillants, photograph, cardboard and steel pins
Dimensions Displayed: 343 x 299 x 483 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07151
Not on display

Display caption

Inside this box is a photograph of the artist's face with pins stuck at regular intervals along the contours of his cheek, moustache and mouth. According to Samaras ‘the pins are lines, marks and dots, they create a net pattern which gives a strange illusion’. For Samaras, the box represents an equivalent to the human body. He sees making one of his boxes as a series of ‘erotic gestures. In Greece, where I was born, the words for lick and sculpt are the same.’

October 2011

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