Vik Muniz - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tel Aviv, Zemack Gallery, Vik Muniz, June - July 2013
    Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Vik Muniz: Pictures of Anything, March - August 2014

  • Literature

    P. Corrêa do Lago, Vik Muniz, Obra Completa, 1987 - 2009, 2009, p. 514 (another example illustrated)
    Vik Muniz: Pictures of Anything, exh. cat., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2014 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vik Muniz was born into a working-class family in Brazil in 1961. After studying advertising at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo, he moved to New York in 1983, where he has lived ever since. Muniz began as a sculptor, but his interest in the exploration of images, memory and perception made him turn to drawing and photography.

    Muniz is best known for appropriating iconic images from art history and popular culture, which he then recreates with unusual materials before photographing them. The materials he uses to create these images range from sugar cane and diamonds to chocolate and even garbage. The textures he produces and the optical richness of the images he presents distinguish him from other photographers. The impact of his work on the contemporary art scene enabled him to present his first solo show in 1998 at the prestigious International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and he was invited to represent Brazil at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.

    To create the work we see here, Muniz organized thousands of diamonds into a mesmerizing portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, thereby eliciting her glamour through the use of precious gems, associated with wealth and status. It is also a testament to the infinite, regenerative potential of the creative image. His work has been exhibited extensively at prestigious museums such as the Tate Modern in London, the Modern Museum of Art, New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


Jackie (from the series Pictures of Diamonds)

signed and dated "Vik Muniz 2005" on a studio label
digital C-print
61 x 48 in. (154.9 x 121.9 cm)
Executed in 2005, this work is number 7 from an edition of 10.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $100,000

Contact Specialist
Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1352

Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017