Pace Gallery – In support of Ukraine

artgenève 2022 – Pace Gallery stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

The 2022 edition of artgenève features a solo display of Lucas Samaras’s radical work, surveying his oeuvre from 1960 to 2021.

In light of the evolving humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the gallery will be donating 100% of proceeds from artgèneve to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is currently aiding over 660,000 individuals fleeing violence in Ukraine.

Lucas Samaras, Mosaic Painting #6, 1991, acrylic on canvas board. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery
© Lucas Samaras

For more than six decades, Samaras has embraced new mediums and technologies to explore ideas of identity and self-expression. This presentation showcases the breadth of Samaras’s compelling practice including pastels, a suite of AutoPolaroid works made between 1969 and 1970. Further standout works include Box #78, 1972, in which Samaras assembled items such as colored pencils, geometric forms and erasers into a wooden box, decorated with the artist’s distinctive brightly colored aesthetic. Additionally, pieces such as Chair Transformation #9, 1969-70, and Untitled, 1965, see Samaras transform everyday objects into artworks, interweaving pop art aesthetics with jagged edges and sharp pins, at once playful and menacing, familiar and disconcerting.

Lucas Samaras. Chair Transformation #9, 1969-70. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery
© Lucas Samaras

Despite moving through distinct bodies of work, from early experiments in pastel, to assemblage, photography and performance art, the core of Samaras’s visual lexicon has been continually driven by self-investigation, exploring the relationship between body and psyche. His influence is international. An early adopter of new technologies, from polaroid cameras in 1970s to photoshop in the late 1990s, Samaras has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of his practice. Most recently, in January 2022, the artist dropped a series of NFTs related to his XYZ series from 2010-2012 with Pace Verso, the gallery’s NFT platform.

Lucas Samaras, XYZ 0817 (Chinoiserie), 2012/2021, non-fungible token. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery
© Lucas Samaras

About the UNCHR:

The UNHCR is working with Ukrainian authorities, UN agencies, internationally displaced persons community groups, and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance wherever possible. As part of an ongoing partnership with the UNHCR, Pace is collaborating on artist events in support of the organization, including upcoming programs with JR and Michal Rovner.

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