Vik Muniz - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Grappling with themes of authorship, the canon of painting, and image-making in itself, Vik Muniz’ reimagines masterpieces throughout the history of art. The present lot was Muniz’ first engagement with Jasper Johns’ archive and highlights his dexterity with material, here dropping pigment onto the surface of the canvas to recreate one of Johns’ iconic flags.  Muniz’ laborious and time-consuming process often takes weeks to complete but results in highly saturated and arresting images that walk the line between photography and painting.

    • Provenance

      Arndt & Partner, Berlin

    • Literature

      Vik Muniz, Vik Muniz: Obra Completa 1987-2009, p. 576


Flag, after Jasper Johns from Pictures of Pigment

Chromogenic print.
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm)
Overall 43 1/2 x 61 1/2 in. (110.5 x 156.2 cm)

Signed, dated in ink, printed title and number AP 2/4 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. AP 2/4 from an edition of 6 plus 4 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $88,200

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022