Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz: Pictures of Appropriation

September 20, 2016

Vik Muniz

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz (b. 1961) is celebrated for his tongue-in-cheek appropriation of canonical paintings. Muniz employs new technologies to reproduce a priceless Francisco de Zurbarán painting as a contemporary chromogenic print. His adaptation of Ed Ruscha’s 1963 Standard Station, Amarillo Texas differentiates itself from the original through slight variations of color and detail on the roof line. Muniz employs cut automotive parts in this series, evoking the car-centric culture of Los Angeles, a touchstone in Ruscha’s work. For Muniz, the act of appropriation simultaneously confirms and undermines our expectations.

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