Vik Muniz: Photography and the Rebirth of Wonder examines the full breadth of the imaginative artist’s career and features more than 100 photographs, including many of Muniz’s most recent works.
One of the most innovative artists working today, Muniz uses unconventional materials and photographic images that play with our process of perception. The São Paulo, Brazil native creates sculptural works from unusual materials like chocolate syrup, tomato sauce, magazine clippings, diamonds, and trash, which he then records with his camera. He calls the resulting images "photographic delusions" because they often resemble well-known images from the history of art and popular culture.
Frequently playing with scale, he has made enormous land drawings that he photographs from the air. More recently, he has created microscopic works using microorganisms and single grains of sand. In every instance, he makes the familiar seem wondrous, highlighting the extraordinary power of vision, perspective, and imagination.
This exhibition has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition catalog will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.