• Lucas Samaras

    National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum

    April 4–June 30, 2005

    Curated by Katerina Koskina

    Just a year back, the Whitney Museum ran a big show—over 350 works—on self-portraiture in the work of Lucas Samaras. That show, partly funded by the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation—its mission “the preservation and promotion of culture and civilization in Greece [and] abroad”—necessarily presented Samaras as an American artist, since American art is the Whitney’s mandate. Now the foundation is mounting its own retrospective, of around four hundred works in an array of media, in the artist’s native Greece. (He came to the US as a boy.) Even without the Whitney’s self-portrait focus, so many of Samaras’s works fall into that genre that there will almost certainly be overlap—but here he’ll presumably be staged as homecoming king.