Vik Muniz - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Xippas, Paris

  • Literature

    V. Muniz and P. Corrêa do Lago, Vik Muniz: Complete Works, 1987-2009: Catalogue Raisonné, Rio de Janeiro, 2009, p. 514 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    My frst idea for this project was to draw Hollywood stars with diamonds. I wanted to test the degree of interference between the overkill glamour of the stars themselves and that of shiny rocks. I thought it might become intoxicating and conceptually claustrophobic. I drew Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, and others, all in the sultry, soft, angled front-light illumination of movie glamour, and shot the results with unforgiving hard light, to turn the rocks into prisms.

    (Vik Muniz quoted in Refex: A Vik Muniz Primer, New York, 2005, p. 97).


Jackie (from Pictures of Diamonds)

35 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (91.4 x 76 cm)
Signed and dated "Vik Muniz 2005" on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number three from an edition of ten plus five artist's proofs.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $146,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York