Vik Muniz, ‘Still, after Cindy Sherman’, 2000, Phillips

Property from an Important Private European Collection

Signature: signed, titled, numbered and dated 'Vik Muniz "STILL AFTER CINDY SHERMAN" 5/5 2000' on a gallery label affixed to the reverse

Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York
Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 24 April 2004, lot 97
Acquired at the above sale 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