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Tony Smith, Die (Pictures of Dust)

Artist:
Vik Muniz (Brazilian, born Sao Paulo, 1961)
Date:
2000
Medium:
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions:
Image: 127 x 160 cm (50 x 63 in.) Frame: 129.5 x 162.6 cm (51 x 64 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Neil C. S. Hirsch, in memory of Myra Seiden Hirsch, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.521
Rights and Reproduction:
© Vik Muniz
Not on view
For the series entitled Pictures of Dust, Muniz used installation photographs of large-scale Minimalist and Post-Minimalist sculpture from the files of the Whitney Museum of American Art as his inspiration. He then collected bags of dust from the museum's vacuum cleaners, from which he painstakingly copied his source material. The result is a perceptual hall of mirrors-images of drawings in dust from photographs depicting tons of geometric sculpture. Muniz's conceptual gesture brilliantly enfolds a single stylistic transition from the history of art-from Minimalism's primary structures and industrial solidity to the scattered "anti-form" fragility of what followed-into his own dance with dust, suggesting the ultimate ephemerality of all movements. In its largest sense, the works also demonstrate the interplay between order and chaos that is at the heart of not only what Muniz depicts but his own art as well.
[Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York]; Neil Hirsch, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection VIII," December 16, 2003–July 20, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Surface Tension," September 15, 2009–March 15, 2010.

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