New York

Lucas Samaras

Pace | 32 East 57th Street

Lucas Samaras is one of the more theatrical and prolific artists working today. He’s a combination magician, traveling medicine show, and one-man band, and we’ve come to demand of him what we’d expect of few other artists: that he amaze us every few years with something new and even more marvelous. His latest offering is a series of abstract fabric constructions that have all the unrestrained joy and beauty of a 14th Street yard goods store. Cheap, bright, exuberant colors everywhere. Rayon and polyester. Polka dots, stripes, plaids, checks and herringbones mixed in with gold, silver and copper lamé. But the more I looked at these 12 Reconstructions, as Samaras calls them, the more I realized that they were not haphazard or wild, but very tightly controlled. Even the loud patterns began to look right.

These reconstructions are made of dozens of different patterned fabrics, cut into ribbons

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