Vik Muniz

11 Feb - 07 May 2007

© Vik Muniz
Self Portrait (I Am Too Sad to Tell You, after Bas Jan Ader) (Rebus)
Chromogenic print
96 x 72 inches
Vik Muniz
February 11, 2007 - May 7, 2007

(Long Island City, NY - December 6, 2006) P.S.1 Contemporary Art
Center is pleased to present a survey of photographic works by Vik
Muniz. This show is a selection from a larger exhibition organized by
Miami Art Museum and curated by Assistant Director for Programs/
Senior Curator Peter Boswell. This presentation, which includes
photographs from each of the artist's major series, is edited by the
artist, P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss, and Peter Boswell. Vik Muniz:
Reflex is on view in the Second Floor Kunsthalle from February 11
through May 7, 2007.

Since the mid 1990s, Muniz has been incorporating everyday objects
into his photographic process to create witty, bold, and often deceiving
images based on photojournalism and art history. The Brazilian-born,
New York-based artist makes pictures from dirt, diamonds, sugar,
wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, dust, ketchup, the circular
paper remnants made by hole punches, junk, pigment, and other
materials. Though Muniz's images are often familiar - borrowing from
popular culture and Old Master artists - it is quickly evident that they
are not what they seem. Using an approach that the artist calls "the
worst possible illusion," the works are formed from materials gathered
from everyday life, which Muniz arranges and photographs, rather
than traditional artistic materials.

Included especially in the P.S.1 survey is Muniz's recent "Weimar"
series, a suite of black-and-white photographs that reference
espionage, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. A body of work
that will be shown for the first time in the U.S., it is a departure for the
artist since it is not a composition of assembled objects, but rather
images that are seemingly documentary.

Vik Muniz (b. 1961, Sao Paulo) has exhibited internationally since
1989. He has had solo shows at the International Center of
Photography and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Menil
Collection, Houston; Meseu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Meseu
de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; and the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea,
Rome; among others. In 2001, Muniz was the Brazilian representative
at the 49th Venice Biennale.

Vik Muniz: Reflex was organized by Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, with support
from Miami Art Museum's Annual Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided by
Duggal Visual Solutions.

The exhibition at P.S.1 is made possible by Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, Peter Marino,
The West Collection, Peter Josten and Sam Trower, Jean-Edouard van Praet and
supporters of the P.S.1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

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