Since the mid 1990s, Vik Muniz (b. 1961, São Paulo) has been incorporating everyday objects into his photographic process to create witty, bold, and often deceiving images based on photojournalism and art history. The Brazilian-born, New York-based artist makes pictures from dirt, diamonds, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, dust, ketchup, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, junk, pigment, and other materials. Though Muniz’s images are often familiar—borrowing from popular culture and Old Master artists—it is quickly evident that they are not what they seem. Using an approach that the artist calls “the worst possible illusion,” the works are formed from materials gathered from everyday life, which Muniz arranges and photographs, rather than traditional artistic materials.
This comprehensive exhibition covers 25 years of the artist's oeuvre andincludes most of his series, including Pictures of Chocolate, Pictures of Dust, Pictures of Earth and Pictures of Garbage.
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