A Vik Muniz Primer

Photographs by Vik Muniz

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8 1/4 x 10 inches 144 pages, 85 four-color and duotone images Hardcover 978-1-931788-40-3 Spring 2005

An American artist of Brazilian origin, Vik Muniz has come to stand out as one of the most articulate and innovative artists of his generation, equally at home working with images of chocolate sauce, spaghetti marinara, or the detritus of hole punchers. In doing so, he has carved out a unique niche within contemporary photography: one of trickster and philosopher as well as the creator of compelling, delightful images.

Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer is a privileged, guided tour of the contents of Muniz's pyrotechnic imagination, walking us through each of his major series. From "Equivalents," his fluffy, sculpted cotton "clouds," to his latest color work, "Magazines," Muniz accompanies each series with in-depth writing that tickles our minds with amusing anecdotes detailing his inspiration for each; fascinates by revealing his methodology and working process; and enlightens by unveiling the thinking and historical influences behind each image.

"Art objects are inanimate sad bits of matter hanging in the dark when no one is looking. The artist only does half of the work; the viewer has to come up with the rest, and it is by empowering the viewer that the miracle of art gains its force." —VIK MUNIZ 

Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer was made possible with generous support from the E. T. Harmax Foundation, Fern and Lowell Kwiat, and Xippas Gallery, Paris and Athens. Additional support for the project was provided by Rita and Herb Krauss, David Leigh, Ann and Mel Schaffer, and Brent Sikkema, New York.

Vik Muniz was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1961. He currently lives and works in New York City. He is tremendously prolific, having had five major international solo shows in the U.S., Spain, Japan, Italy, and Brazil in the past year alone. In addition, he has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, New York; Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; the Irish Museum of Art, Dublin; and the Venice Biennale, as well as in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the subject of a recent documentary film, The Worst Possible Illusion, which aired in film festivals and on PBS.


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