Photography

Sam Samore/ Sam Samore

United States 1963

Photography

Sam Samore
Sam Samore
Male
United States
1963

Long considered one of the pioneers of large-scale conceptual photography in the 1980’s, Sam Samore is well known for his earlier series of photographic work such as “Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete)” and “Situations”.

He developed an interest in fairy tales when he was small. “My mom and dad told me lots of stories,” Samore says. His work as a photographer and as a writer requires him to mine both conscious and subconscious experience, experiences as Samore puts it, that “might relate to love, or death, or beauty.” Using a technique called “cinemascope,” Samore tells fractured, poetic narratives that often defy and change one’s expectations of a fairy tale. laying the role of both actor and director, Samore stages his own death in various ways—strangled with a telephone cord, asphyxiated, overdosed—and examines a macabre psychology in works that are both cinematic and documentary.Often framed in classical compositions the new work’s saturated color has a fauvist intensity while capturing a painterly effect: Caravaggio’s intense chiaroscuro contrasts combined with Godard’s filmic use of the digital in his later work allows Samore to create rich “analog” contrasts.

Samore has concentrated on the relation of cinema to painting via a monochrome palette, by way of narration, the framing of action, character development and the suspension of disbelief. Less about cinema and more about painting, some of his new pictures are imbued with vivid coloration, emanate a sense of detachment and silence. Sometimes the characters charge through the picture plane with kinetic agitation, and in other images there is an arrangement of interior repose. As in Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, Samore examines the discontinuity of the self, as it might relate to the face as a mask.

This artist has been exhibiting his work for the past forty years. Prominent monographic exhibitions have been held at De Appel in Amsterdam, P.S.1 MoMA in New York, Casino Luxembourg, and the Kunsthalle Zürich. Samore participated in the 46th Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Bienniale 2007, and the Tirana Biennale 2005.

Sam Samore currently lives and works in New York City.



YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Accumulation of Shapes (Part One)Team Gallery, New York, NY USASolo
2012Untitled Team Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Library of Appearances Team Gallery, New YorkSolo
2012Capitain Petzel Berlin, GermanySolo
2011The Dark Suspicion D’Amelio Terras, New YorkSolo
2011UntitledGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsSolo
2011Sam SamoreTobjorn Rodland Ryan McGinley, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2010The Recession a Crash Magazine Project, Art ParisGroup
2010By Day, By NightRockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, curated by Hou HanruGroup
2009Schizophrenic Portrait, 1973-2009 Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
2009A House is Not a Home La Calmeleterie, Nazelles-Négron, FranceGroup
2009Untitled D'Amelio Terras, New York, New YorkGroup
2009Phot(o)bjects Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Bob Nickas; travels to Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WAGroup
2008Scenarios Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2008Kunst im Heim Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Signs of the Times Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2008The Object is the Mirror (Part II) Wilkinson Gallery, LondonGroup
2008The loss of history makes them constantly curious and continuously horny Vito Acconci Steven Parrino, Sam Samore and more... D’Amelio Terras, New YorkGroup
2008Inside the Pale Benjamin Butler, David Humphreys, Paul Pagk, R.H. Quaytman, Sam Samore, and Frank Schroder, Thrust Projects, New York, Group
2007Scenarios D’Amelio Terras, New YorkSolo
2007The Suicidist Galerie Gisela Capitain, KölnSolo
200710th International Istanbul Biennial Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2006The Suicidist P.S.I, MOMA, New York (cat.)Solo
2006UntitledGalerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
2006Dark Places Santa Monica Museum of Art, USA, Curated by Joshua Decter (cat.)Group
2006Dormir, Rever…et autres nuits CAPC Bordeaux, France (cat.)Group
2006Parcours St Germain, Curated by Anne-Pierre D’Albis, Paris (cat.)Group
2005UntitledGaleria OMR, Mexico City [Two person show with Lorena Toledo]Solo
2005Stories (incomplete) Galerie Gisela Capitain, KölnSolo
2005UntitledGaleria Graca Brandao, PortoSolo
2005UntitledGray Kapernekas Gallery [Project], New YorkSolo
2005Tirana Biennale: Go Inside (Episode 5) curated by Hou Hanru (cat.)Group
2005Sky shout: a pintura despois da pinura Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (cat.)Group
2005Blumenstuck. Kunstler’s Gluck Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, GermanyGroup
2004In the Eye of the Beholder Vous êtes ici, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2004Je t’en visage: La disparition du portrait Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (cat.)Group
2004Rimbaud I-20 Gallery, New York. curated by Max HenryGroup
2004Strategies of Desire Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, curated by Sabine Schaschl-CooperGroup
2003White Dahlia Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsSolo
2003Art & Public Genève, SwitzerlandSolo
2003Double vision Fabrique de Tabac, Madrid, Spain (cat.)Group
2003Something About Love Casino Luxembourg, LuxemburgGroup
2003UntitledGalerie Mirko Meyer, KölnGroup
2003UntitledOdorama, (As part of les Soirees Nomads)Group
2002UntitledCentre National de la Photographie [Billboard], ParisSolo
2002The Clairvoyant The Irrational, and the Desperate, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
2002Love Death Beauty Performance at the Windsor Collection exhibition, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy, Curated by Michelle Nicol (cat.)Solo
2002The Somnambulant The Reckless and the Desolate, Galeria Graca Brandao, Porto, Portugal (cat.)Solo
2002Schizophrenic BeautyDominating the Monster, Giorgio Armani Rive Gauche, Paris, FranceSolo
2002From the Observatory Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, curated by Robert NickasGroup
2002Marking Time Sert Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge curated by Linda NordenGroup
2002Art Downtown Wall St Rising, New York curated by Richard MarshallGroup
2002Das zweite Gesicht Deutsches Museum, MunichGroup
2002Hingeschaut - zeitgenössische Fotografie Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, StuttgartGroup
2001UntitledGorney Bravin + Lee, New YorkSolo
2001Life and Death (Incomplete) Galerie Gisela Capitain, KölnSolo
2001Les Voluptes Borusan: Culture & Art Center Istanbul, Turkey, curated by Elga WimmerGroup
2001The Beauty of Intimacy Lens and Paper, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Kunsthalle Baden-BadenGroup
2001Ohne Zögern – Without Hesitation (Views of the Sammlung Olbricht) Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2001Project 1 PCC-Elga Wimmer, New YorkGroup
2001The Overexcited Body Traveling Exhibition to Museum of the Arengario and Vigorelli Velodrome, Milano; SESC, Sao Paulo; The Queens Museum of Modern Art,Group
2001Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by Deborah WyeGroup
2001Traveling exhibitioncurated by Blind Spot Magazine, United StatesGroup
2000Pathological Tales,Schizophrenic Stories Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (cat.)Solo
2000The Sirens Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsSolo
2000Figures Libres Fondation Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, FranceGroup
2000The Go-Between Galerie Erna Hecey, LuxembourgGroup
2000Emerveille Moderne Red District, Marseille, FranceGroup
2000All you need is love, Laznia Centre of Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland curated by Aneta Szylak (cat.)Group
2000The look behind Portfolio Kunst AG, Wien, AustriaGroup
2000Cross Female Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000Snapshot Contemporary Museum, BaltimoreGroup
2000Leaving the Island Pusan Biennale, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pusan, Korea, curated by Hou Hanru (cat.)Group
2000Interplay Museet For Samtidskunst, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2000Pause Pose Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisGroup
2000Byron Kim Eva Lundsager, Sam Samore, Sylvia Heisel, New YorkGroup
1999The Killers Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milano, ItalySolo
1999The Secret Island The Secret Island, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, New YorkSolo
1999Sam Samore, CCC Tours (cat.)Solo
1999Gorney Bravin Lee, New YorkSolo
1999The Sorcerers Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
1999Art & Public GenèveSolo
1999Expander 1.0 Galerie Jousse SeguinGroup
1999Transosphère Frac Poitou-Charente, Poitiers, FranceGroup
1999A Girl Like You Galerie Praz-Delavallade, ParisGroup
1999Transmute Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, curated by Joshua DecterGroup
1999Hitchcock Kunsthalle Tirol, Hall in Tirol, AustriaGroup
1999The Power of Beauty Geemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands (cat.)Group
1998Collection d’Hiver I Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, FranceGroup
1998Photographies Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsGroup
19984th International Foto-Triennale: Photographie as Concept curated by Renate Wiehager, Esslingen, GermanyGroup
1998The Quiet in the Land ICA Boston, curated by France MorinGroup
1998Gare de l'Est Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain Luxembourg, curated by Hou Hanru & Enrico Lunghi (cat.)Group
1998Fast Forward: Body Check Kunstverein Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1998The Bird More Curious Than I, Exit Festival Cretail Paris, curated by Antoine GuerreroGroup
1998Ontom Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany curated by Jan Winkelmann (cat.)Group
1998At the Threshold of the Visible (Traveling Exhibition by Independent Curators Inc.), Santa Monica Museum of Art, curated by Ralph Rugoff (cat.)Group
1997Scenarios Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln, GermanySolo
1997Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete) Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (cat.)Solo
1997Fictions L’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (cat.)Solo
1997You Can’t Get There From Here Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New YorkGroup
1997Veronica’s Revenge, Oeuvres photographiques de la Lambert Collection, Centre d’Art Contemporain, GenèveGroup
1997Fenêtre sur Cour Rear Window, Galerie Almine Reich, Paris (cat.)Group
1997One Minute ScenariosLe Printemps de Cahors, Cahors, France curated by Jérôme Sans, (cat.)Group
1997Identité Nouveau MuséeInstitut, Frac Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France (cat.)Group
1997619 KBB 75 exposition itinérante dans une mini austin, ParisGroup
1997Visages Fondation Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, FranceGroup
1997Symposion über Fotographie XVII: Agents and Agencies Marieninstitut, Kirchengasse 1, Graz, AustriaGroup
1997Heaven P.S.1, New York, curated by Josh DecterGroup
1997The Quiet in the Land ICA Portland, Maine, curated by France MorinGroup
1997Enjoy! Schloss Agathenburg, Hamburg, Germany curated by Joachim Buttler & Nasim WeilerGroup
1996Ecole des Beaux-Arts Nîmes, France (cat.)Solo
1996UntitledThomas Nordanstad Gallery, New YorkSolo
1996Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete) Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
1996Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete) Galeria Massimo De Carlo, MilanoSolo
1996Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete) DAAD Galerie, Berlin (cat.)Solo
1996UntitledRichard Telles Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1996Grande Galerie Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, FranceGroup
1996C'est Arrivé Près de Chez Nous Frac Hte Normandie, Galerie Marcel Duchamp,YvetotGroup
1996Tableaux de la Vie Moderne Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, curated by Bob NickasGroup
1996The Quiet in the Land curated by France Morin, The Sabbathday Lake, Shaker Village, Maine (June-September)Group
1996Modèles corrigés Collège Marcel Duchamp, Châteauroux, FranceGroup
1996The Shopping Exhibition Galerie Jeffrey Deitch, Curated by Jérôme Sans (cat.)Group
1996Les Contes de Fées se Terminent Bien organisée par les Impénitents, Frac Haute Normandie, Château du Val Freneuse, Sotteville-sous-le-Val (cat.)Group
1996ID, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, The Netherlands (cat.)Group
1996Alien Bodies Icebox.Venetia Kapernakas, Athènes, GreeceGroup
1996Many True Stories Bergkerk, DeventerGroup
1996Fast Nichts (almost invisible) Ehemaliges Umspannwerk, Singen, Germany, curated by Jan WinkelmannGroup
1996Sugar Hiccup Elizabeth Ballet, Sam Samore, Richard Wright, Tramway, Glasgow curated by Charles EscheGroup
1996Fools Reign ICA London, curated by Max WigramGroup
1995UntitledThomas Nordanstad Gallery, New YorkSolo
1995Allegories of Beauty (Incomplete) Galerie Borgmann Capitain, Köln, GermanySolo
1995UntitledKunstverein Elsterpark, Leipzig, GermanySolo
1995The Peace Process (The Magic Bed), Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England, curated by Paul Holloway (cat.)Group
1995Tube a TeleTube Video Fun Presentation, Hôpital Ephémère, ParisGroup
1995Pièces Meublées Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, curated by Bob NickasGroup
1995Shopping CAPC Musée, Bordeaux, France curated by Jérôme SansGroup
1995Stoppage CCC Tours, curated by Liam GillickGroup
1995On Board Venice Biennale, curated by Jérôme SansGroup
1995Campo Venice Biennale, curated by Francesco Bonami (cat.)Group
1995Untitled26ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, ArlesGroup
1995Infrasound Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg, Germany curated by Jérôme Sans (cat.)Group
1995Morceaux choisis Le Magasin Centre d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (cat.)Group
1995Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time) Galeria Massimo De Carlo, Milano, curated by Bob NickasGroup
1995Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time) Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, curated by Bob NickasGroup
1995Filmcuts Galerie Neuger Riemschneider, BerlinGroup
1994UntitledGalerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisSolo
1994Situations Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (and Harald Müller) (cat.)Solo
1994UntitledGalerie Marc Jancou, LondonSolo
1994UntitledDe Appel Stitching, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1994Die zweite Wirklichkeit Wilhelmspalast, Stuttgart, Germany curated by Michael SchillGroup
1994Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time) Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, curated by Bob NickasGroup
1994F & S UNIVERSAL - Come Together Edition Les Entrepôts Laydet, ParisGroup
1994Nu et Habillé 2 Cabaret 'au Pigall's', Paris. [Dr. Freud Cabaret]Group
1994PlayOff Art & Public, Genève, SwitzerlandGroup
1994Rock my World Independant Artists’ Space, London, curated by Pauline Daly & Brendan Quick (cat.)Group
1994Gaze: The Impossible Transparence Carré des Arts, Parc Floral de Vincennes, Paris, curated by Hou Hanru (cat.)Group
1994The Use of Pleasure Terrain, San Francisco, curated by Robert NickasGroup
1994Heart of Darkness Kroeller- Mueller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, curated by Marianne Brouwer (cat.)Group
1994On the Road: Between Besançon et Belfort Centre d’Art Mobile, Besançon, curated by Jérôme SansGroup
1994Tele Tube Michelle Nicol & Beat Huber for Women for Shopping, ZurichGroup
1993UntitledAmerican Fine Arts Co., New YorkGroup
1993The Young Americans Galerie Sophia Ungers, Köln, GermanyGroup
1993Live in Your Head Institut für Museologie, Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Wien, Austria curated by Robert Nickas (cat.)Group
1993Travelogue-Reisetagebuch Institut für Museologie Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Wien, Austria curated by Jackie Mc Allister (cat.)Group
1993Spielhölle Sylvana Lorenz Gallery, Paris, curated by Robert FleckGroup
1993Entrevues curated by France de Kinder et Michel Assenmacher, Ars Musica, BrusselsGroup
1993Serial curated by Michelle Nicol, Zurich, Switzerland (cat.)Group
1993Time and Tide Tyne International 1993, Newcastle, UK curated by Corinne Diserens (cat.)Group
1993The Stranger S. Samore, K. Scharlin, J. & L. Wilson, Galerie David Zwirner, New YorkGroup
1993Restaurant La Bocca, Paris, curated by Marc Jancou (cat.)Group
1993Centre Paris. Zentrum Paris Kunsthalle Ritter, Klagenfurt, Austria, curated by Robert Fleck (cat.)Group
1993Viennese Story Wiener Secession, Wien, Austria curated by Jérôme Sans (cat.)Group
1993Before the Sound of the Beep Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, curated by Jérôme SansGroup
1993Open Ditch, curated by Frank Schroder Hôpital Ephémère, ParisGroup
1992Galerie Marc Jancou Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
1992UntitledGaleria Massimo De Carlo, MilanoSolo
1992Paysages dans une Ruine Potentielle curated by Hou Hanru & Evelyne Jouanno, ParisGroup
19921968, Le Consortium Dijon, France curated by Bob NickasGroup
1992Tableaux Volés Galerie Sylvana Lorenz, Paris, Curated by Frank PerrinGroup
1992Anomie Patent House, London, Curated by Andrew CrossGroup
1992Still Andrea Rosen Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992The Big Nothing (Ou le Presque Rien) The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Curated by Kerri Scharlin (cat.)Group
1992Through the View Finder Stichting de Appel, Amsterdam (cat.)Group
1992Exhibit A Serpentine Gallery, London, Curated by Henry Bond (cat.)Group
1992Writing on the Wall 303 Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992Twenty Fragile Pieces Galerie Analix, Genève, Curated by Gianni Romano (cat.)Group
1992Spielhoelle University of Franfurt Metro Station, Frankfurt, Germany Curated by Robert FleckGroup
1992In Through the Out Door Nordanstad Skarstedt Gallery, New YorkGroup
1991UntitledGalerie Christian Nagel, Köln, GermanySolo
1991UntitledNordanstad-Skarstedt Galerie, StockholmSolo
1991UntitledLuhring Augustine Hetzler, Santa MonicaSolo
1991Kirsten Mosher Sam Samore, Beat Streuli Galerie Anne de Villepoix, ParisGroup
1991La Revanche de l'Image Art & Public, Genève (cat.)Group
1991UntitledThe Museum of Natural History Barbara Farbar Gallery, Amsterdam, curated by Bob Nickas (cat.)Group
1990UntitledGalerie Bleich-Rossi, GrazSolo
1990UntitledAmerican Fine Arts, Co., New YorkSolo
1990UntitledStandart Graphik, Köln, GermanySolo
1990UntitledGalerie Air de Paris, Nice, FranceSolo
1990Stephen Prina Sam Samore, Christopher Wool Galerie Schurr, StuttgartGroup
1990Cady Noland, Sam Samore, Karen Sylvester, Galerie Max Hetzler Köln, Germany curated by Thea Westreich (cat.)Group
1990Sam Samore Lawrence Weiner, Galerie Air de Paris, NiceGroup
1988UntitledAmerican Fine Arts, Co., New York (cat.)Solo