Monday, November 19, 2012

Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, after Edouard Manet, 2012,

Vik Muniz, Fairy Roses, after Fantin Latour, 2012

Vik Muniz, Boy Blowing Bubbles, after Manet, 2011

Vik Muniz, Picking Flowers in a Field, after Mary Cassatt, 2012

Vik Muniz, Female Model Standing Before a Mirror, after C.W. Eckersberg, 2012

Vik Muniz, Green Apples, after Cezanne, 2011

Vik Muniz, Girl reading, after Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, 2012

Vik Muniz, Siesta, after Bonnard, 2011

Vik Muniz, Summer in the City, after Edward Hopper, 2011

Vik Muniz, Sunbeams, after Vilhelm Hammershoi, 2012

Vik Muniz, The Lemon, after Manet, 2011

Vik Muniz, Washington Crossing the Delaware, after Emanuel Leutze, 2012

Vik Muniz, Green Monkey, after George Stubbs, 2011

In the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz has carefully culled and torn pieces of paper from art, fashion and news magazines; amalgamated them into re-creations of iconic and historically significant paintings; and then photographed and magnified the images, resulting in evocative, exquisitely detailed and entirely unique works of art.  Muniz is renowned for his ingenious and laborious employment of unusual materials - dust, sugar, chocoalte, diamonds, caviar, toys, paper hole-punches, junk, dry pigment - to reconstruct images, often art historically related, that tap into the spectator's subconscious visual repository and beg for futher investigation.  Muniz's elaborate material creations - in this case the magazine collages - are ephemeral; it is his masterly photographic documentation that is the final work of art, which is intentionally many steps removed from the original image that inspired it.

Vik Muniz was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 1961 and currently lives in both New York City and Rio de Janeiro.  He has had exhibitions at such prestigious institutions as the International Center of Photography, New York; Museu de Art Moderna, Sao Paulo; Museu de Art Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona; the Menil Collection, Houston; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome; the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin. His work is also included in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu de Art Moderna, Sao Paulo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Tate Gallery, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2001, Muniz represented the Brazilian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale.

Vik Muniz is the subject of an Academy Award- nominated documentary film entitled Waste Land (2010), which chronicles the artist's collaborations with a group of catadores - trash pickers - in Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.  Muniz spent three years working with these marginalized individuals using the collected recyclable trash to create monumental portraits of them, referencing Old Master paintings, that reveal both their dignity and desperation.  Muniz was recently named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for his contributions in education and social development, in particular for his work with the catadores

Images and information found here


Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

I LOVE this! Seems so impressionistic to me, but in such a modern way. Genius!

Much Love,

Ashton (King) Wright said...

These are cool. Reminds me of impressionist paintings, which are my favorites!

Dancing Branflake said...

Beautiful! I want to see more of his stuff, especially all the weird 'ingredients' he uses.

Phoenix said...

This is pretty damn mind blowing stuff. WOW. Reminds me of Van Gogh, if he was around when there were magazines :)

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Kristine said...

I keep meaning to see this documentary. How inspiring to turn garbage into works of art. That's an artist for you I guess. Someone who can take the ordinary or the ugly and transform it into something beautiful.

Kathryn said...

I have trouble putting together a 500 piece puzzle, let alone be able to figure out something like this - it is amazing!

Kitty Stampede said...

WOW. i find it so nuts when artists make art in such unconventional ways. i envy their brains hardcore.

Alisa said...

I want to zoom in super close on these. Really cool!