Vik Muniz, ‘Beggars After Rembrandt (Beggar II)’, 2005, Sotheby's

Executed in 2005, this work is from an edition of 5.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Vik Muniz, September 2003 - January 2004, p. 173, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)

Galleria Cardi, Milan
Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Vik Muniz

Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Layered appropriation is a consistent theme in Muniz’s work: in 2008, he undertook a large-scale project in Brazil, photographing trash-pickers as figures from emblematic paintings, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical Death of Marat, and then recreating the photographs in large-scale arrangements of trash. The project was documented in the 2010 film Waste Land in an attempt to raise awareness for urban poverty. Muniz explained the work as a “step away from the realm of fine art,” wanting instead to “change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

Brazilian, b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil, based in New York & Rio de Janeiro