When I came across Muniz’s collages I couldn’t but remember my collages back in school and a smirk would come up to my lips.
So this is what they mean by collage!
I find this art one of the very understated, undervalued and misunderstood arts out there. Partly because of our primary teachers and their ability to keep us busy with paper and glue.
But in comes Vik Muniz, a Sao Paulo-born and Brooklyn-based artist, that transforms famous paintings into collages with such a detail and texture that you actually want to reach out and touch it. He has worked with interesting materials before, ranging from luncheon meat and chocolate to coins and toys. His following artwork is currently on display at Galerie Xippas in Paris.
As New York Times critic Roberta Smith wrote:
“[Muniz] operates with impunity in the Bermuda Triangle bordered by commercial, popular and fine art, which can drive the art world a bit nuts. (He resembles David Hockney in this regard.) But he almost always puts on a good show in terms of sheer showmanship, and his current one is even better than usual. It reminds us that part of the razzle-dazzle of his art stems from physical texture, which almost no photographer has exploited with such optical richness.”