Vik Muniz - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Vik Muniz’s reinterpretation of Titian’s famous painting from 1549 depicts Prometheus, the Titan god of forethought enchained after stealing fire from the gods to give to mankind. In this key piece from his Pictures of Junk series, Muniz uses an array of modern society’s refuse—everything from crushed cans and waste bins to computers and cash registers—to reimagine the famous scene.

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist
      Galerie Xippas, Paris

    • Literature

      Capivara, Vik Muniz: Catalogue Raisonné, 1987-2015: Everything so Far, Vol. II., p. 606


Prometheo, after Titian from Pictures of Junk

Chromogenic print.
83 1/8 x 71 1/8 in. (211.1 x 180.7 cm)
Overall 86 5/8 x 75 5/8 in. (220 x 192.1 cm)

Signed, dated in ink, printed title, date and number AP2/4 on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 6 plus 4 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 25,000 

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New York Auction 11 October 2023