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Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer

Martin, Leslie A.; Editor

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ISBN 10: 1931788405 / ISBN 13: 9781931788403
Published by Aperture, New York, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing, 2005, hardcover with decorative glossy paper boards, small quarto, 204pp., illustrated in color and b&w. Book near fine with mild rubbing to boards, binding tight, text clean bright and unmarked. No DJ. Exhibition catalog. Bookseller Inventory # C000022920

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Title: Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer

Publisher: Aperture, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First printing.

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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

An American artist of Brazilian origin, Vik Muniz stands 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.

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Vik makes drawings of famous images using sugar, spaghetti and Pantone color chips. Rather than the usual critical essays, this autobio retrospective combines pictures of his work with stories about its evolution and details of things that inspired him. Whether redrawing the Tiananmen Square tank photo in evocative black and white or hiring planes to sketch outlines of clouds, Vik's work is witty, political and fun to look at.-Jane Magazine September, 2005

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