Miami

Vik Muniz, Toy Soldier, 2003, color photograph, 90 x 72".

Vik Muniz, Toy Soldier, 2003, color photograph, 90 x 72".

Miami

Vik Muniz

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
February 10–May 28, 2006

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
November 10, 2006–January 14, 2007

Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue CAM 101
June 30–October 8, 2006

Curated by Peter Boswell

The largest survey to date of Vik Muniz's work will perforce showcase the artist's wide range of materials, from chocolate syrup to hole-punch confetti. Using these unlikely items, Muniz makes perceptual jokes (“clouds” drawn by planes) and reconstructs images appropriated from various sources (LIFE magazine, Renaissance art). He then photographs the results, exhibiting the pictures rather than the elaborate creations themselves. Like his Neo-concrete predecessors, Muniz makes works that are both playful and socially aware, as in “Sugar Children,” 1996, his series depicting the children of exploited plantation works—in sugar. This show comprises 109 photographs, a sky-drawing, and a book of new writings by the artist.

Travels to the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, June 30–Oct. 8; Seattle Art Museum, Nov. 10, 2006–Jan. 14, 2007; and other venues.