Vik Muniz, ‘PAPER CRANE FOR JAPAN (SIGNED)’, 2016, Alpha 137 Gallery
Vik Muniz, ‘PAPER CRANE FOR JAPAN (SIGNED)’, 2016, Alpha 137 Gallery

This poster is, exceptionally, boldly signed in black marker by Vik Muniz, who dedicated it to Kevin. Inspired by the outpouring of global support for the Students Rebuild Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge, celebrated visual artist Vik Muniz created a magnificent piece, titled "Large Paper Crane," with thousands of the cranes in his Brooklyn studio. Vik’s creation is beautifully captured in a New York Times' Sunday Magazine photo essay. This poster, based on Muniz' work, was created to raise funds for a Japanese youth center ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami. The character in "Large Paper Crane" means "together," and represents the thousands of people who came together to fold cranes and support Japan in the Students Rebuild Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge. Vik Muniz personally signed this poster at an event on March 30, 2016 at the New York Public Library.

Signature: Boldly signed, dated and dedicated to Kevin.

Publisher: Tony Morgan, Step Graphics for Students Rebuild Paper Cranes for Japan

Vik Muniz personally signed this poster for us at the New York Public Library on March 30, 2016. Provenance is direct and irrefutable.

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

Exhibition Highlights

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