Vik Muniz - Unbound: Online Only New York Thursday, October 18, 2018 | Phillips
  • Description

    Well known for creating what he refers to as “photographic delusions,” Vik Muniz works with a wide array of eccentric materials such as chocolate, caviar, dust, diamonds, dirt and spaghetti sauce to create three dimensional images which he then captures with his camera. The present lot hails from his Pictures of Dust series in which he scoured the archives and files of the Whitney Museum of American Art selecting compelling installation photographs from past exhibitions and rendering them with dust he collected from the museum’s vacuum cleaners. The minimalist exhibition image portrayed in the present lot depicts works by Donald Judd and Richard Serra which were displayed in the Whitney’s “50th Anniversary Gifts and Promised Gifts" in 1980. Muniz selected man-made, spare, structurally rigid, minimalist pieces and portrayed them in the finest and most transient of materials. Muniz juxtaposes sturdy, structural forms with soft, fine, naturally occurring particles, exhibiting the tension that exists between order and chaos.

  • Provenance

    Brent Sikkema, New York
    Private Collection, New York
    Private Collection, Buenos Aires

  • Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Things Themselves: Pictures of Dust by Vik Muniz, January 27 - May 20, 2001 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Pedro Corrêa do Lago, ed., Vik Muniz: Obra Completa 1987-2009, Rio de Janeiro, 2009, p. 392 (another example illustrated)


After Donald Judd, Untitled, 1965, and Richard Serra, Left Corner Rectangle, 1979, Installed at the Whitney Museum in "50th Anniversary Gifts and Promised Gifts", June 3-August 31, 1980

signed and dated "Vik Muniz 2002" on a label affixed to the reverse
dye destruction print
36 1/4 x 33 1/8 in. (92.1 x 84.1 cm.)
Executed in 2002, this work is number 1 from an edition of 10 plus 5 artist's proofs.

$12,000 - 18,000 

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