Vik Muniz and the Art of Copying

Illusions as bad as mine make people aware of the fallacies of visual information and the pleasure to be derived from such fallacies.” — Vik Muniz

Whether with large-scale manipulations of landfill waste or small-scale smears of peanut butter and jelly, Vik Muniz is known internationally for his re-creations of famous works from art history in unconventional materials. At right, catch a few of his more recent photographed creations—in torn paper and diamonds—paired with the works that inspired them.