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From the hours he spent drawing everything from geometric solids to the nude in a traditional São Paolo art school, Vik Muniz retained a respect for craft and technique even as he took his skills as a draftsman to decidedly untraditional subjects and materials. Over the years, he has used photography to transform wads of cotton into clouds with an uncanny resemblance to familiar objects, spatters of chocolate syrup into Abstract Expressionist versions of high-contrast pictures, and piles of garbage into icons of Old Master paintings. Here, what at first appears to be a delicate line drawing reveals itself, on closer inspection, to be a photograph of a wire sculpture—a clever play of surface and illusion, reality and representation.
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Vik Muniz, Brazilian, born 1961
- Gelatin silver print
- Image: 14 15/16 × 14 15/16 in. (37.9 × 37.9 cm) Sheet: 19 13/16 × 16 in. (50.3 × 40.6 cm)
- Credit Line
Gift of Richard L. Flowers
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
Richard L. Flowers; given to MFAH, 1995.