Prints by 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 NeoclassicalDeath 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.”

Muniz is best known for recreating famous imagery from art history and pop culture with unexpected, everyday objects, and photographing them. For example, Muniz’s Action Photo, After Hans Namuth (From Pictures of Chocolate), a Cibachrome print, is a Bosco Chocolate Syrup recreation of one of Hans Namuth‘s photographs of Jackson Pollock in his studio. The monumental series Pictures of Cars (after Ruscha) is his social commentary of the car culture of Los Angeles utilizing Ed Ruscha’s 60’s Pop masterpieces rendered from car ephemera. Muniz often works on a large scale and then he destroys the originals of his work and only the photo of his work remains.[5]

Muniz has spoken of wanting to make “color pictures that talked about color and also talked about the practical simplification of such impossible concepts”. He has spoken of an interest in making pictures that “reveal their process and material structure”, and describes himself as having been “a willing bystander in the middle of the shootout between structuralist and post-structuralist critique”. He cites the mosaics in a church in Ravenna as one of his influences.

Muniz says that when he takes photographs, he intuitively searches for “a vantage point that would make the picture identical to the ones in my head before I’d made the works”, so that his photographs match those mental images. He sees photography as having “freed painting from its responsibility to depict the world as fact”.

ARTWORK

The Night Fire, after Goya (Pictures of Pigment) by Vik Muniz
The Night Fire, after Goya (Pictures of Pigment) by Vik Muniz
The Night Fire, after Goya (Pictures of Pigment) by Vik Muniz
2007
Death of Loyalist Militiaman Federico Borrell Garcia by Vik Muniz
Death of Loyalist Militiaman Federico Borrell Garcia by Vik Muniz
2004
Metachrome (Flowers, after Vincent van Gogh) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Flowers, after Vincent van Gogh) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Flowers, after Vincent van Gogh) by Vik Muniz
2016
Metachrome (Double Scramble, after Frank Stella) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Double Scramble, after Frank Stella) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Double Scramble, after Frank Stella) by Vik Muniz
2016
Fudo Falls, Oji, after Hiroshige by Vik Muniz
Fudo Falls, Oji, after Hiroshige by Vik Muniz
Fudo Falls, Oji, after Hiroshige by Vik Muniz
2009
Fuji from the Sea of Satta, Gulf of Suruga, Number 23 after Hiroshige, by Vik Muniz
Fuji from the Sea of Satta, Gulf of Suruga, Number 23 after Hiroshige, by Vik Muniz
Fuji from the Sea of Satta, Gulf of Suruga, Number 23 after Hiroshige, by Vik Muniz
2009
Mahana No Atua (Day of the Gods), After Gauguin by Vik Muniz
Mahana No Atua (Day of the Gods), After Gauguin by Vik Muniz
Mahana No Atua (Day of the Gods), After Gauguin by Vik Muniz
2005
Sunflowers, after van Gogh) by Vik Muniz
Sunflowers, after van Gogh by Vik Muniz
Sunflowers, after van Gogh by Vik Muniz
2002
Le Semeur by Vik Muniz
Le Semeur by Vik Muniz
Le Semeur by Vik Muniz
2011
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, after Pablo Picasso (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, after Pablo Picasso (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, after Pablo Picasso (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
2009
View of Delft (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
View of Delft (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
View of Delft (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
2015
Vertumnus (Portrait of Rudolf II), after Arcimboldo (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Vertumnus (Portrait of Rudolf II), after Arcimboldo (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Vertumnus (Portrait of Rudolf II), after Arcimboldo (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
2008
The Prado Museum, Bacchanal of the Andrians, after Titian (Repro) by Vik Muniz
The Prado Museum, Bacchanal of the Andrians, after Titian (Repro) by Vik Muniz
The Prado Museum, Bacchanal of the Andrians, after Titian (Repro) by Vik Muniz
2015
The Ponte Salario, after Hubert Robert (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
The Ponte Salario, after Hubert Robert (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
The Ponte Salario, after Hubert Robert (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Temple of Juno in Agrigento, after Caspar David Friedrich (Afterglow)
Temple of Juno in Agrigento, after Caspar David Friedrich (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Temple of Juno in Agrigento, after Caspar David Friedrich (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Sunbeams, after Vilhelm Hammershøi (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
Sunbeams, after Vilhelm Hammershøi (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
Sunbeams, after Vilhelm Hammershøi (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
2012
Stonehenge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Stonehenge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Stonehenge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
2015
Shanghai Postcard (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Shanghai Postcard (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Shanghai Postcard (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
2014
Roman Capriccio Imaginary Landscape with Antique Landmark, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Roman Capriccio Imaginary Landscape with Antique Landmark, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Roman Capriccio Imaginary Landscape with Antique Landmark, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Preaching among the Ancient Ruins, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Preaching among the Ancient Ruins, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Preaching among the Ancient Ruins, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Piccadilly Circus (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Piccadilly Circus (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Piccadilly Circus (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
2014
Over There (Album) by Vik Muniz
Over There (Album) by Vik Muniz
Over There (Album) by Vik Muniz
2014
Monkeys as Art Critics, after Gabriel Cornelius von Max (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
Monkeys as Art Critics, after Gabriel Cornelius von Max (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
Monkeys as Art Critics, after Gabriel Cornelius von Max (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
2013
Metachrome (Italian Garden, after Gustav Klimt) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Italian Garden, after Gustav Klimt) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Italian Garden, after Gustav Klimt) by Vik Muniz
2016
Metachrome (Flowers, after Odilon Redon I) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Flowers, after Odilon Redon I) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Flowers, after Odilon Redon I) by Vik Muniz
2016
Metachrome (Broadway Boogie Woogie, after Piet Mondrian) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Broadway Boogie Woogie, after Piet Mondrian) by Vik Muniz
Metachrome (Broadway Boogie Woogie, after Piet Mondrian) by Vik Muniz
2016
Landscape with Ruins, after Francesco Guardi (Afterglow)
Landscape with Ruins, after Francesco Guardi (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Landscape with Ruins, after Francesco Guardi (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Garden of Earthly Delights, after H. Bosch (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Garden of Earthly Delights, after H. Bosch (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
Garden of Earthly Delights, after H. Bosch (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
2008
Gallery of Views of Ancient Rome, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Gordian Puzzle Series) by Vik Muniz
Gallery of Views of Ancient Rome, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Gordian Puzzle Series) by Vik Muniz
Gallery of Views of Ancient Rome, after Giovanni Paolo Panini (Gordian Puzzle Series) by Vik Muniz
2007
Flip (Album) by Vik Muniz
Flip (Album) by Vik Muniz
Flip (Album) by Vik Muniz
2014
Fantasy Landscape with Ruins and Figures, after Canaletto (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Fantasy Landscape with Ruins and Figures, after Canaletto (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
Fantasy Landscape with Ruins and Figures, after Canaletto (Afterglow) by Vik Muniz
2017
Catherine Deneuve (Pictures of Diamonds) by Vik Muniz
Catherine Deneuve (Pictures of Diamonds) by Vik Muniz
Catherine Deneuve (Pictures of Diamonds) by Vik Muniz
2004
Brooklyn Bridge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Brooklyn Bridge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
Brooklyn Bridge (Postcards from Nowhere) by Vik Muniz
2015
Boxer by Vik Muniz
Boxer (Album) by Vik Muniz
Boxer (Album) by Vik Muniz
2014
Autumn: Orillia, after Frank Carmichael by Vik Muniz
Autumn: Orillia, after Frank Carmichael (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
Autumn: Orillia, after Frank Carmichael (Pictures of Magazines 2) by Vik Muniz
2012
Atalanta and Hippomenes, after Guido Reni by Vik Muniz
Atalanta and Hippomenes, after Guido Reni (diptych) (Pictures of Junk) by Vik Muniz
Atalanta and Hippomenes, after Guido Reni (diptych) (Pictures of Junk) by Vik Muniz
2005
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, after Georges Seurat (Gordian Puzzles)
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, after Georges Seurat (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, after Georges Seurat (Gordian Puzzles) by Vik Muniz
2009
256 Colours, after Gerhard Richter (Pictures of Pigment) by Vik Muniz
256 Colours, after Gerhard Richter (Pictures of Pigment) by Vik Muniz
2015