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Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b.1961)
LOT ID: 89290
Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink), 2000

Cibachrome
62.25 х 48.75 in. (158.12 x 123.82 cm.)
Signed, and dated, on label affixed on the verso
Edition AP 4/4 outside ed. of 6
Lot description
Known for playing with material, scale, and perspective, Vik Muniz invites the viewer to interact with the oversized portraits in his 2000 series “Pictures of Ink”. Blowing up photographs of the still wet, black dot renderings of familiar images, Muniz establishes a perplexing vision that encourages the viewer to consider the work from different perspectives in order to understand the representation. As is demonstrated in this portrait of music icon James Brown, the cornucopia of wet ink dots produces a reflection and thus an additional obstacle in discovering the image, imploring the viewer to dig deeper into their memory to decipher the figure.

This work is framed and measures 63.5 x 50 inches.
Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
  • Pantheon, James Brown (Pictures of Ink) by Vik Muniz
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