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Vik Muniz

The Sower, after Van Gogh, 2011

Digital C-print
26 19/50 × 20 in
67 × 50.8 cm
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Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

“A crazed fusion of matter, hand and lens is always at play in Mr. Muniz’s photograph.”
— Roberta …

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“A crazed fusion of matter, hand and lens is always at play in Mr. Muniz’s photograph.”
— Roberta Smith, The New York Times

Since the mid-1990s, Vik Muniz has created works based on iconic images inscribed in the history of art, out of everyday materials including chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, and dirt; and in the …

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Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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.”

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About the work
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Independent Curators International (ICI) Benefit Auction

“A crazed fusion of matter, hand and lens is always at play in Mr. Muniz’s photograph.”
— Roberta …

Read more

“A crazed fusion of matter, hand and lens is always at play in Mr. Muniz’s photograph.”
— Roberta Smith, The New York Times

Since the mid-1990s, Vik Muniz has created works based on iconic images inscribed in the history of art, out of everyday materials including chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, and dirt; and in the …

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Medium
Photography
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Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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

The Sower, after Van Gogh, 2011

Digital C-print
26 19/50 × 20 in
67 × 50.8 cm
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