Vik Muniz (Live in London)
Talk Art Live in London, with Ruinart! Russell & Robert meet Vik Muniz, the superstar Brazilian artist best-known for his complex photography made with a diverse range of materials including sugar, toys, diamonds and even trash to recreate and interpret famous images, such as the 'Mona Lisa' (which he executed in peanut butter and jelly), or a Picasso (created entirely with raw paint pigment). Muniz taps into our collective memory of known and recognisable images and artworks. With a wry and canny combination of high and low, Muniz uses the photograph not in the traditional sense, as a recording of reality, but instead as a document of his illusion. Recorded live in front of an audience at Soho House Greek Street on 1st October 2019, we discuss his new Ruinart collaboration 'Shared Roots' on display this week at Frieze Art Fair in London. As well as looking back to his childhood dyslexia, drawing cartoon clouds in the Manhattan sky (using a modified crop-dusting plane) and his legendary 'Verso' series in which Muniz recreates the back panels of world famous paintings like Van Gogh’s 'Starry Night' or Vermeer’s 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring'. We discover why he decided to work with photography following a life-changing shooting which led to him moving to New York to become an artist. For more details please visit @ruinart #SharedRoots @vikmuniz @talkart at Instagram! www.ruinart.com
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