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Rena Bransten Gallery: Vik Muniz - Pictures of Magazines 2.
Comment by AB: You wouldn't think that greatly enlarged photographs of smallish collages would be anything to write home about, but these by Vik Muniz are. What Muniz does is recreate famous historical paintings from torn paper fragments of magazine illustrations using them almost like a painter would use individual brushstrokes, and in so doing, "repaints" these masterworks from scratch-- complete with textural subtleties. He then layers in even more subtleties by his selection, subject matters and positioning of these illustrated chards. For those of you keeping score at home, Muniz already has a catalogue raisonne (a book that inventories his complete works from 1987-2009). Impressive. Good show; stop on by.
Art by Vik Muniz at Rena Bransten Gallery (after a painting by Edward Hopper).
Pinkie cam detail of Vik Muniz art in above image.
Vik Muniz (2nd from left) discusses his art at Rena Bransten Gallery.
Photograph of torn paper collage by Vik Muniz.
Vik Muniz art at (after a painting by Emanuel Leutze).
Detail of art by Vik Muniz at Rena Bransten Gallery.
Art by Vik Muniz (after a painting by Edouard Manet).
Vik Muniz catalogue raisonne at Rena Bransten Gallery.
Gallery view - Vik Muniz art show.
Ambiance - Vik Muniz art show at Rena Bransten Gallery.