Lucas Samaras Box 1963

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Lucas Samaras born 1936
Date 1963
Medium Mahogany box, wool, steel pins, glass and acetate film
Dimensions Displayed: 350 x 255 x 380 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996

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Samaras began making boxes using found objects and materials in the early 1960s. His father was a shoemaker and, as a child, Samaras often played in his aunt’s dress shop: ’The pin is to an extent a part of the family’, he once said, referring to the frequent use of pins in his work. His boxes frequently contain both soft and sharp materials. Here shards of glass both repel and attract. Samaras has said, ’this force to touch or not touch, destroy or caress, has always been with me’.

August 2004

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