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b. 1961 São Paulo, Brazil, lives and works in New York City and Rio de Janeiro
Title: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, after Pablo Picasso (Gordian Puzzles)
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Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, after Pablo Picasso (Gordian Puzzles), 2009, Digital C-Print, Dimensions: 49 × 47 in, 124.5 × 119.4 cm Edition 1/4AP/6 + 4AP
Gordian Puzzles is a series where the artist has chosen emblematic paintings such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, and the Guernica and Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso, that he recomposes with puzzle pieces. Each image is made using several different puzzles printed with the image but cut differently, so while the puzzles remains unsolved, the image is “solved.”
Vik Muniz by Mark Magill | BOMB Magazine
Where Art Trash Meets and Tranforms Life by Carl Kino | New York Times
Artist Certificate: Each puzzle comes with an artist certificate.
Biography: Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Layered appropriation is a consistent theme in Muniz’s work: in 2008, he undertook a large-scale project in Brazil, photographing trash-pickers as figures from emblematic paintings, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical Death of Marat, and then recreating the photographs in large-scale arrangements of trash. The project was documented in the 2010 film Waste Land in an attempt to raise awareness for urban poverty. Muniz explained the work as a “step away from the realm of fine art,” wanting instead to “change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”