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Lucas Samaras

American, born Greece, 1936

Pose 0090 (Robert Whitman) from the series Poses/Born Actors, 2009

color inkjet print

Edition: I/III

sheet: 36 x 20 inches (91.44 x 50.8 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan, 2013


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inscription / back, lower left / Pose 0090, 2009
signature, undated / back, lower center / LS
edition notation / back, lower right / MS I/III


Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, Rhode Island;
December 10, 2013, donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo


Digital prints

Work Type

Inkjet print
Color print (photograph)

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

This photograph is from an extended, ongoing series of portraits Lucas Samaras began making in 1983. The sitters—friends and acquaintances of the artist—include curators, musicians, museum directors, gallery owners, and other artists. Samaras refers to his subjects as “born actors”: people who, in various ways, perform in their everyday lives. He makes them appear unnatural by using dramatic lighting during the photo session and by digitally manipulating the color of the images afterwards.

Label from Lucas Samaras: Reflections, June 21, 2014–January 4, 2015

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