Samaras Album. Autointerview, Autobiography, Autopolaroid. Photographs and text by Lucas Samaras. Whitney Museum of American Art/Pace Editions, New York, 1971. 104 pp. Large quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page*. Embossed decorative boards with tipped on cover image. No dust jacket as issued. Numerous texts and Autopolaroid self-portraits. Accompanied by SIGNED and numbered Polariod (4.25 x 3.25 in./8.25 x 10.5 cm.; numbered 26/100 on recto; in original glassine envelope.
Edition Note: A limited edition of 100 numbered copies were originally issued with this signed print; the book offered here is an unnumbered, SIGNED trade edition of Album.
Samaras rose to prominence within the 1960s art scene in New York, taking part in and staging happenings alongside other artists such as Allan Kaprow, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. Samaras Album contains two autointerviews, an autobiography in three parts, and two series of mostly nude self-portrait polaroid photographs
"Working alone, often late at night and almost always in the nude, Samaras turned his cluttered apartment into an impromptu Theater of the Ridiculous with himself as both willing cast and inspired crew...[in this book] Images--usually antic, erotic variations on a theme--are reproduced in their original size in color and black-and-white, and arranged in grids, in rows, or singly on a page as if in a family snapshot album or a demented high school yearbook."--Vince Aletti in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books.
Also included in Alessandro Bertolotti's "Books of Nudes".