Vik Muniz, ‘Starry Night, after Van Gogh from Pictures of Magazines 2’, 2012, Phillips

"I see many, many layers of representation worked one upon another. When an image is already very complex to begin with, adding to it makes it harder to read and a little bit slower to interpret. So I like images like that–slow images. I’m a slow visual artist. So I think I’m an artist of the nineteenth century." Vik Muniz
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 4/6 on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Galerie Xippas, Paris

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