Vik Muniz - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Capivara Editora, Vik Muniz: Obra Completa 1987-2009, p. 198

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vik Muniz’s interest in recreating iconic works of art is reflected in the current lot. In it, he appropriates Sir John Herschel’s 19th-century image Stonehenge, which was originally taken with a camera lucida. By using thread—a relatively whimsical and light medium, Muniz alludes to the ephemeral and ever-changing nature of photography. This is further supported by Muniz’s specifying the number of yards used in the title. In doing so, Muniz highlights the amount of work and dedication required to create a single image, be it in the early or the contemporary days of photography.


1100 Yards (Stonehenge after Sir John Herschel) from Pictures of Thread

Gelatin silver print.
14 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. (37.5 x 48.9 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/7 in pencil on the verso. One from an edition of 5 plus 2 APs.

$6,000 - 8,000 

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2 October 2012
New York