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Samaras, Lucas (Artist) & Glenn, Cosntance (Editor). LUCAS SAMARAS: SKETCHES, DRAWINGS, DOODLES, AND PLANS. New York City, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. Fine.

The Abrams Facsimile Reproduction Sketchbook. One of the most beautiful art books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 2400 copies. There was no regular trade edition. The book is now scarce. A brilliant production by Lucas Samaras and Michael Hentges: Oversize-volume format. Copper gold "pebble-grained" hard boards with blue titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Art by Lucas Samaras. All of them are reproduced "bleed". Text by Constance Glenn printed on a separate booklet that is encased in a large black pocket on the front pastedown. Matching copper gold "pebble-grained" slipcase with blue titles embossed on one side. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in Japan to absolutely the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of the most beautifully produced art books one will ever see. Lucas Samaras has kept sketches, drawings, doodles, and preliminary plans in sketchbooks throughout his artistic life (since high school), an accumulation that the book attempts to reproduce as faithfully as possible in one dazzling volume. In the process, the book itself has "become an Artist Book: Each doodle, each drawing occupies a special place in the order the artist has chosen. The result is a picture of Samaras as artist over thirty years. As a body, how clearly these eighty pencil, pen, and ink studies show Samaras' mercurial ability to defy the categorization that has eased the recognition of so many of his contemporaries" (Constance Glenn). There is little danger of Samaras being recognized or labelled so easily. He revolutionized modern art by using the human body as its central subject with "Samaras Album: Autointerview, Autobiography, Autopolaroid" (1971). The latter deeply shocked the art world at the time, influenced at least two generations of artists and photographers, and is now regarded as one of the greatest artworks of the 20th century. "Samaras Album" and the present volume have at least one thing in common: They are both album-collections, which start quietly, rise to a crescendo, then start all over again. "Art is an organic, dangerous thing" (Lucas Samaras). An absolute "must-have" title for Lucas Samaras collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws because the boards are fragile, very easily rubbed and soiled. A rare copy thus. 80 plates. One of the greatest living American artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUCAS SAMARAS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0810915111. $150.00

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