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  • Provenance

    Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York
    Katrina Doerner Photographs, Brooklyn

  • Catalogue Essay

    With his clever re-imaginations of famous works of art using an array of objects from chocolate to diamond dust, Vik Muniz has established himself as a leading figure in contemporary photography. In his series Rebus, Muniz assembles children’s colorful plastic toys into subjects that then refer back to the toys themselves, his own take on the term “rebus” which refers to the use of a picture to represent a word. Here, he creates an image based on a photograph of Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll. Liddell was the inspiration for Carroll’s story Alice in Wonderland, the beloved classic children’s book. By using toys to comprise the image of Liddell, Muniz references childhood in a variety of ways: the subject of a child, the story of a child, and the insignia most closely associated with childhood.

IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. ANTHONY TERRANA

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Portrait of Alice Liddell, after Lewis Carroll from Rebus

2003
Dye destruction print.
49 1/2 x 35 1/4 in. (125.7 x 89.5 cm)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 6/6 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $37,500

Contact Specialist
Vanessa Kramer Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs
[email protected]
+ 1 212 940 1245

Important Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana

2 & 3 April 2013
New York