Vik Muniz - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Xippas, Paris; acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “[The process] incites [Muniz] to use the stereotypes of art history, or images stripped of meaning, delivering them over to their own fragility, to their capacity to disappear, if photography were not there to suspend them in the ambiguity between their deaths and appearances. Returning to the work of Andy Warhol, who undermined the stereotype by its displacement into painting, he redoubles the critical position of the American artist. Using his canvases which in their turn have become alienated reproductions, he places this whole critical set-up in a hall of mirrors, prolonging Warhol’s approach by his own, and defining a process that allows art to outwit the death of the work by the impoverishment of the image. Thus he draws the practical conclusions of Walter Benjamin’s reflections.”
    (Olivier Kaeppelin, Metaphysical Games?, ‘Vik Muniz: After Warhol’, exh. cat., Galerie Xippas, Paris, 2000)


Two works: (i) Black Marilyn from the series Pictures of Diamond Dust, 2003; (ii) Reversal Black Marilyn from the series Pictures of Diamond Dust

Dye destruction prints.
Each: 101 × 93 cm (39 3/4 × 36 3/8 in).
These works are from an edition of 5 plus 3 artist’s proofs.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £61,250


14 - 15 April 2011