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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Artist
Vik Muniz, Brazilian, born 1961
Title
Faucet
Date
1995
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
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
95.70
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Richard L. Flowers; given to MFAH, 1995.