Vik Muniz, ‘Repro: Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV, after Francis Bacon’, 2016, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Digital C print, Galeria Nara Roesler
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Vik Muniz

Repro: Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV, after Francis Bacon, 2016

Digital C print
57 4/5 × 40 in
146.7 × 101.6 cm
Edition 6/6
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São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York
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Vik Muniz
Brazilian, b. 1961
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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.”

Vik Muniz, ‘Repro: Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV, after Francis Bacon’, 2016, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Digital C print, Galeria Nara Roesler
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Vik Muniz
Brazilian, b. 1961
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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.”

Vik Muniz

Repro: Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV, after Francis Bacon, 2016

Digital C print
57 4/5 × 40 in
146.7 × 101.6 cm
Edition 6/6
.
Contact For Price
Location
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York
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