Vik Muniz, ‘New York Studio Visit with Vik Muniz’, 2016/2017, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2016
Vik Muniz, ‘New York Studio Visit with Vik Muniz’, 2016/2017, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2016

“When you organize your work and look back at your entire production, it may feel like you're looking at a straight line, but in fact it's nothing like that” said Muniz in last month’s issue of Interview magazine. “The work is very experimental and most of the time it develops like branches. I usually see a capillary, like a tree shape where there are ... branches that sort of move because you're not tending to them.”

See first hand how the work unfolds and grows in the studio; what Muniz’s process is, and how he has pushed the limits of art-making over the last 30 years by creating images from anything from chocolate to sand. He reconstructs cultural icons in unexpected materials while forcing us to reconsider the weight and value of these familiar images, their illusion.

Vik Muniz has been widely collected and is included in major institutional collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; and the Tate, London.

This priceless, unique experience can include up to four people.

Possible Dates:
November 11, 14, or 15, 2016 (morning)
March 2 or 3, 2017 (morning)

Morning – 10:30am or later

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