Claude Samton

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Claude Samton
Lot #135

San Genaro  1986

Photo Collage
24 x 31 "

Minimum Bid: $500
Buy Now Price: $1,100
Value: $1,450

Claude Samton is an award-winning architect, photographer, artist, and the director of the SoHo LoCo improvisational play company. He has been drawing and photographing since age 8, mostly buildings and people. When he was 19, he met Frank Lloyd Wright who told him that it was useless to go to school. He did, however, go to architectural school, and after working for the architects' guru Abe Geller established his own firm in 1965. He designed houses, childrens camps, theatres, synagogues, playgrounds, a facility for the blind and many other buildings in very human scale. In the 1980s he began seriously photographing urban scenes, and creating large photomosaics showing the interaction of people with the architecture of the city. He also began making humorous drawings and put some of these in book form, such as The Very Horny Toad and other Fables and The Urban Mother Goose, Rhymes for Grownups. Around this time he became interested in theatrical improvisation to relieve the stresses of life and of living in the city, and has led an improv group for the past 16 years.

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