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Ben Brown Fine Arts\, Hong Kong\, is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Asia of works by the internationally celebrated Br azilian photographer Vik Muniz. This exhibition will feature photographs fr om his recent Pictures of Magazines 2 series\, in which the artist has care fully culled and torn pieces of paper from art\, fashion and news magazines \; amalgamated them into re-creations of iconic and historically significan t paintings\; and then photographed and magnified the images\, resulting in evocative\, exquisitely-detailed and entirely unique works of art. Muniz i s renowned for his ingenious and laborious employment of unusual materials - dust\, sugar\, chocolate\, diamonds\, caviar\, toys\, paper hole-punches\ , junk\, dry pigment - to reconstruct images\, often art historically relat ed\, that tap into the spectator’s subconscious visual repository and beg f or further investigation. Muniz’s elaborate material creations - in this ca se the magazine collages - are ephemeral\; it is his masterly photographic documentation that is the final work of art\, which is intentionally many s teps removed from the original image that inspired it.
The exhibition features strikingly bold large-scale colour photographs based on visually r esonant paintings by artists such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio\, Pa ul Cézanne\, Edward Hopper\, Edouard Manet and George Stubbs. Muniz simulat es the brushstrokes of these paintings with scraps of magazine paper carefu lly selected not only for their corresponding colour values but also their imagery - faces\, body parts\, text\, advertisements - that collaged togeth er suggest a tactile\, impastoed surface. It is not just the final appropri ated image that invites perusal\, it is the minute components of the image - the bits of paper - that provide the irony\, double meanings and visual a ssociations for which Muniz is so well known. Highlights of the exhibition include optically rich renditions of Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergère\, An nibale Carracci’s The Butcher Shop\, Hopper’s Summer in the City and Mary C assatt’s Picking Flowers in a Field.
About Vik Muniz
Vik Muniz wa s born in São Paolo\, Brazil\, in 1961 and currently lives in both New York City and Rio de Janeiro. He has had exhibitions at such prestigious instit utions as the International Center of Photography\, New York\; Museu de Art e Moderna\, São Paulo\; Museu de Art Moderna\, Rio de Janeiro\; the Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York\; Fundació Joan Miró\, Barcelona\; the M enil Collection\, Houston\; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea\, Rome and the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art\, Dublin. His work is also included in the coll ections of the Museum of Modern Art\, New York\; the Art Institute of Chica go\; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum\, New York\; the Metropolitan Museum of Art\, New York\; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo\; the Museum of Cont emporary Art\, Tokyo\; the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston\; the Museum of Fin e Arts\, Houston\; the Tate Gallery\, London\; the Victoria and Albert Muse um\, London\; the Walker Art Center\, Minneapolis\; and the Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York. In 2001\, Muniz represented the Brazilian Pavil ion at the 49th Venice Biennale.
Vik Muniz is the subject of an Academ y Award-nominated documentary film entitled Waste Land (2010)\, which chron icles the artist’s collaborations with a group of catadores - trash-pickers - in Jardim Gramacho\, Brazil\, the world’s largest garbage dump\, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Muniz spent three years working with t hese marginalized individuals using the collected recyclable trash to creat e monumental portraits of them\, referencing Old Master paintings\, that re veal both their dignity and desperation. Muniz was recently named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for his contributions in education and social developme nt\, in particular for his work with the catadores.

DTEND:20130222 DTSTAMP:20141031T200229 DTSTART:20121121 GEO:0.0;0.0 LOCATION:Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong\,301 Pedder Building 12 Pedder Stree t \nHong Kong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Pictures of Magazines 2\, Vik Muniz UID:245285 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121120T210000 DTSTAMP:20141031T200229 DTSTART:20121120T180000 GEO:0.0;0.0 LOCATION:Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong\,301 Pedder Building 12 Pedder Stree t \nHong Kong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Pictures of Magazines 2\, Vik Muniz UID:245286 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR