Wonder Ball | Vik Muniz


Vik Muniz
Born 1961, São Paulo
Lives and works in New York and Rio de Janeiro

Girl Reading, after Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, from the series “Pictures of Magazines 2,” 2012
Digital C-print
63 ¾ × 43 ½ inches
Edition 1 of 6
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Retail value: $34,000

Vik Muniz is best known for manipulating untraditional materials such as chocolate, cayenne pepper, sugar, plastic toys, and magazines to re-create iconic images from the history of art that he then photographs. 

In his series “Pictures of Magazines 2,” Muniz reassembled masses of magazine clippings into several famous paintings. Girl Reading, after Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (2012) is his contemporary reconstruction of the French artist Corot’s nineteenth-century painting. Muniz’s meticulous collage of ripped paper creates the illusion of thickly applied paint. Close inspection of the photograph reveals images from pop culture—faces from advertisements, boldly lettered words, even a photograph of the Eiffel Tower all come together in the service of this unusual translation of Corot’s painting.

Vik Muniz’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues that include the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Centre National de Photographie, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. His works are included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Muniz’s photograph Self-portrait (I am too sad to tell you after Bas Jan Ader) (2003), in SJMA’s collection, was recently on view in the exhibition Maker Space.

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