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Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception

Lowe Art Museum - Miami

By Ashley Knight

A selection of works by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz is on view at the Lowe Art Museum. The artist, who represented his country at the 2001 Venice Biennale, is known for the startling materials he uses in the production of his stunning images. By employing toys, diamonds, garbage and magazine clippings, he creates tableaux, which are then photographed. This exhibition gathers samples of several of his renowned bodies of work, including “Diamond Divas,” “Pictures of Chocolate,” “Pictures of Junk” and “Pictures of Color.”

Vik Muniz, Marlene Dietrich (from Pictures of Diamonds), 2004, Art © Vik Muniz | Licensed by VAGA.

Vik Muniz, Marlene Dietrich (from Pictures of Diamonds), 2004, Art © Vik Muniz | Licensed by VAGA.

To create “Diamond Divas,” my favorite one, Muniz accumulated thousands of diamonds to create dazzling portraits of Hollywood’s silver-screen divas, including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich. The result is a series of fascinating portraits of some of the 20th century’s most celebrated actresses, who seem to cast a glittering, eternal afterimage. “Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception” was organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, and curated by Carla Hanzal. Through April 19, 2015.

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