February 18, 2009
Perched in his fortress of solitude high above the streets of Manhattan, Lucas Samaras has created a remarkable new body of workâ??and, in fact, an entire lifestyleâ??in self-imposed seclusion, driven in large part by the endless exploration of the one thing he can never escape: himself. As he prepares to represent his native Greece in this yearâ??s Venice Biennale, the notoriously reclusive artist opens up about his new work, old ways, and why, despite the clamor of the critics, heâ??s still master of his domain.