The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 23, 2014


Vik Muniz Creates Rebus, an Inventive Narrative of Works from MoMA's Collection
Ladislav Sutnar (American, born Bohemia (now Czech Republic). 1897-1976), Build the Town Building Blocks. 1940-43. Painted wood, dimensions variable. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ctislav Sutnar and Radoslav Sutnar.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b. 1961) is the ninth participant in Artist’s Choice, a series of exhibitions in which an artist serves as curator, selecting works from MoMA’s collection to create an exhibition. To organize his Artist’s Choice exhibition, Muniz uses a rebus—a puzzle that combines unrelated visual and linguistic elements to create a larger deductive meaning—as the exhibition’s organizing principle. Artist’s Choice: Vik Muniz, Rebus features approximately 80 works of sculpture, photography, painting, prints, drawings, video, and design objects, selected and installed by Muniz. Among the artists and designers whose work will be on view are Eugène Atget, John Baldessari, Marcel Duchamp, Nan Goldin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pablo Picasso, Dieter Rams, and Rachel Whiteread. The exhibition is organized by Vik Muniz, with Eva Respini, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will be on view from December 11, 2008, through February 23, 2009, in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the third floor.

In organizing the exhibition, Muniz borrows from the linear, reduced structure of a rebus, taking works out of their normal museological classification and context, and inviting the viewer to forge intuitive connections between the objects, based on form, color, scale, quantity, function, and pattern. The resulting narrative sequence creates surprising juxtapositions, forming a unique presentation of the Museum’s collection.

Muniz states: “Rebus encourages viewers to think about the connection between one object and the next and is an exercise in the awareness of the power and function of serial visual analogy. This exhibition is a cognitive visual ride that I hope will affect how viewers experience the art here and throughout the Museum.”

Eva Respini adds: “In his work and life, Vik Muniz always questions the perception and order of things. MoMA invited him to organize this exhibition because of his creativity and voracious curiosity about the visual and material world. Like the artist himself, Rebus is intelligent and humorous, and provokes visitors to look at MoMA’s collection in new ways.”

Outside the entrance to the exhibition, Peter Fischli (Swiss, b. 1952) and David Weiss’s (Swiss, b. 1946) video The Way Things Go (1987) plays on a continuous loop. Shot in a warehouse, the video is an absurdist feat of cause and effect relationships, featuring automobile tires, garbage bags, and plastic water jugs, rolling, twisting, and exploding in an unbroken sequence of events, injecting a burst of humor at Rebus’s start.

Within the gallery, the “rebus” sequence begins, absent of wall labels (although an accompanying map guides visitors through the exhibition). Just as mortar joins the bricks of a building, the space and time between works placed in a gallery is as important to the exhibition as the art itself. As a viewer moves through a sequential arrangement of the exhibition, the residual ideas and forms of each artwork linger and have a cumulative effect.

In one part of the sequence from Rebus, Gordon Matta-Clark’s (American, 1945-1978) Bronx Floors (1972-73), a 42 x 43 3/8 x 11 3/8” remnant of wood and linoleum torn from a house in the Bronx, is displayed next to Joel Sternfeld’s (American, b. 1944) photograph Buckingham, Pennsylvania (August, 1978). The works are thematically connected through the series of newly built suburban homes in the background of Sternfeld’s image and the toy trucks on a mound of dirt in the foreground of the picture. The sequence continues with three related sets of toys from MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design: Ladislav Sutnar’s (American, b. Czech Republic, 1897-1976) prototypes Build the Town Building Blocks (1940-43), LEGO building bricks (1954-58), and a Rubik’s cube (1974). Subsequently, Alberto Giacometti’s (Swiss, 1901-1966) Hands Holding the Void (Invisible Object) (1934, cast c. 1954-55) bookends the sequence, with the sculpture’s hands formed into a cube-like shape, referencing the Rubik’s cube that precedes it.

Moving further into Rebus, Muniz presents Massimo Vignelli’s (Italian, b. 1931) New York Subway Map (1970), displayed next to Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s (American, b. 1953) Igor (1987), a photograph of a man riding the New York City subway, with the iconic map in the image’s background. The orange subway seats in diCorcia’s photograph connect to the next work in the sequence, Yellow (1951) by Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923). Finally, Kiki Smith’s (American, b. Germany, b. 1954) glass sculpture of an egg, Yolk (1999), follows and references Kelly’s Yellow in a similar way, beginning a new set of possibilities for Rebus.

In his own work, Muniz inventively questions the function and traditions of visual representation by using unlikely materials to render the subjects in his photographs. The Museum of Modern Art owns several of Muniz’s works, including Still, After Cindy Sherman (2000), from Muniz’s series Picture of Ink, Mass (1997), from his series Pictures of Chocolate, and Narcissus, after Caravaggio (2005), from his series Pictures of Junk. The recently acquired work Still, After Cindy Sherman, calls attention to the materiality of the printed medium. The artist rendered a blown-up image of one of Cindy Sherman’s most iconic works, Untitled Film Still #48 (1979) (which is also in MoMA’s collection), in black ink and photographed it while still wet. The result is a tension between the recognizable image and the photographed ink.

Vik Muniz was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1961. He currently lives and works in New York City and Brazil. Muniz has exhibited internationally, including one-person exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, which traveled to P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; Moscow House of Photography; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Menil Collection, Houston. His work is in the collection of numerous museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and the Centro Cultural Reina Sofia, Madrid. Muniz is also the author of Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer, published by Aperture in 2005.

Eva Respini is Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art. For MoMA, she has organized two forthcoming exhibitions, Into the Sunset: Photography’s Images of the American West (2009) and Projects 89: Klara Liden (2009), and past exhibitions New Photography 2007: Tanyth Berkeley, Scott McFarland, Berni Searle (2007), Out of Time: A Contemporary View (2006), as co-curator, New Photography 2005: Carlos Garaicoa, Bertien van Manen, Phillip Pisciotta, Robin Rhode (2005), Projects 81: Jean Shin (2004), and Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990 (2004), as co-curator. Ms. Respini helped organize the collaborative exhibition Life of the City (2002), for which she was the recipient of the Museum’s Lee Tenenbaum Award. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern Art and Critical Theory and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, both from Columbia University, and joined the Museum in 1999 as Curatorial Assistant.





Last Week News

December 10, 2008

100 Masterdrawings from New York: Munich Plays Host to The Morgan Library & Museum

Important Salvador Dali Fine Sculpture for Sale at Bonhams

Victoria & Albert Museum Opens Magnificence of the Tsars

Hans Arp: Line and Form. A Presentation of Works from the Collection

Kunsthalle Dusseldorf Presents Reiner Ruthenbeck Restrospective

Exceptionally High Quality at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008

Celebrating Kyoto: Modern Arts from Boston's Sister City at Boston's MFA

Serpentine Gallery Presents Major Exhibition: Indian Highway

Marc Mayer Becomes the New Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada

Actions: What You Can Do With the City at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Urban Stories: X Baltic Triennial of International Art

Fuller Craft Museum Presents the Sixth Sense: Contemporary Jewelry from Korea

American Folk Art Museum Kicks Off the Annual American Antiques Show with Its American Gala

Daniel Joseph Martinez Exhibits the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i at The Amie and Tony James Gallery

Brooklyn Museum Launches New Socially-Networked Membership at January Target First Saturday

Artist Set To Sell First Painting for $1 Million On eBay

August Sander - Limited-Edition Art Prints

Casting the Plaza Hotel: Reviving the Art of Ironwork

School of Visual Arts in New York Announces Social Documentary Film Program

December 9, 2008

Mexico's INBA Celebrates Dolores Olmedo's 100th Anniversary with Important Exhibition

Most Comprehensive Design Awards in the World Announces Shortlist

Hammer Museum to Open Erin Cosgrove's First Solo Museum Exhibition

Calder's Inventive Jewelry Featured in Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

Fine Autumn Scene By Severini to be Sold At Bonhams In A Simulcast Sale With New York

2008 Shimada Prize Winner Patricia Berger Presents Winning Publication

Thomas S. Michie to Join Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as Senior Curator

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards The RISD Museum of Art $1 Million Grant

Eleven Reputable Male Artists Including D*Face and Blek Le Rat Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Wizard of Oz Descends on Miami Beach in Celebration of the Iconic Film's 70th Anniversary

Tate Modern Opens Uhambo (The Journey) Exhibition by Nicholas Hlobo

The Smithsonian Opens New State-of-the-Art Storage and Operations Facility

Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibition to Feature 50 Recently Donated Works of Contemporary Art

First Ladies at the Smithsonian Exhibition Opens at National Museum of American History

Multimedia Guide Produced by NOUS as the First Museum Application in the App Store

The Art Institute of Houston Announces Opening of Branch Campus

Celebrate African Drums and Drumming at the Baltimore Museum of Art

December 8, 2008

Interior/Exterior. Living in Art From Romantic Interior Painting to Home Design of the Future

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces the Recent Aquisition of Works to the Collection

Make Your Own Xmas: Tate Britain Christmas Tree 2008 by Bob and Roberta Smith

Ayse Erkmen: Hausgenossen on View at Kunstsammlung Nordhrein-Westfalen

Blickmaschinen: Contemporary Art looks at the Collection Nekes at Museum fur Gegenwartskunst

Renowned Impressionism Collection Returns Home to Art Institute of Chicago

Musée des Beaux-arts in Angers Opens Daniel Tremblay Tribute

Kunstverein Hannover Presents First Comprehensive Exhibition of Israeli Artist Omar Fast

Manchester Art Gallery Presents Press the * Then Say Hello

An Exceptional Group of Imperial Seals to Headline Sotheby's Asian Art Sale

Swiss Architecture Museum Opened Balkanology: New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe

A Better World: Tue Greenfort, San Keller and Klaus Weber at Bonner Kunstverein

British Museum and HSBC Announce Indian Summer

Kunsthalle Nuremberg Opens Cao Fei Exhibition

Open Call: International Guerrilla Video Festival Dublin 2009

Jeff Soto Returns to his Hometown of Riverside for his First Solo Museum Exhibition

The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality

Katy Grannan: The Westerns to Open at The Photographers' Gallery

December 7, 2008

Exhibition of Jenny Holzer's Works From Past 15 Years to be Presented at the Whitney

Yael Bartana Exhibits at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

Caravaggio Painting Stolen from Museum in Odessa Recovered

Garin Nugroho: Opera Jawa On View at Haus der Kunst in Munich

Overview of Artist Patti Smith's Creative Complexity on View at Artium

Zentrum Paul Klee Exhibits 27 Paul Klee Paintings from the Collection of Kazumasa Katsuta

Kunsthalle Frediricianum Invites Berlin-based Conceptual Artist Daniel Knorr to Exhibit

Life? Biomorpic Forms in Sculpture at Kunsthaus in Graz

Heavy Metal. The Inexplicable Lightness of a Material at Kunsthalle zu Kiel

Mattomatt: Chess Pieces by Jürg Hassler at Museum Tinguely

Sotheby's New York Sales of Important Tiffany and Important 20th Century Design

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Announces Max Ernst: Dream and Revolution

The Hidden Trace. Jewish Paths through Modernity at Felix Nussbaum Haus

On the Enlightened Path: Jain Art from India

Whitney to Present New Video Installation by Alex Bag

Snowy Landscape by Francis Guy Appears on Holiday Greeting Card

Smithsonian's Archives of American Art Receives Grant from Leon Levy Foundation

Paint Made Flesh Debuts at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in January

Calgary Company Announces Not One But TWO Gifts of Public Art by Internationally Renowned Artists

December 6, 2008

Outstanding Dali Works and Surrealism at Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum

First Exhibition to Focus on Van Gogh's Twilight and Nocturnal Scenes at the Van Gogh Museum

Museo d'Arte Orientale, Torino (MAO), Opens to The Public

Sotheby's Paris to Offer The Robert Lebel Collection of Old Master & 19th Century Drawings

Jean Lurcat / Contemporary Tapestry Museum Presents Tapestries (1940 - 1965) Exhibition

Highly Popular ArtSway Open08 Presented in Hampshire

New installation By Andro Wekua at Camden Arts Centre

December Ubs 12 x 12 Presents Tan Wee Lit at MCA Chicago

Human Rights: Student Voices at Great Hall at the Pasadena Central Library

Bert Monroy, Master Artist Tribute VIII: A Digital Artist Paints With Light

Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor Now Open at Phoenix Art Museum

Museum Exhibition of McBrien Collection Surveys and Celebrates 20th Century Japanese Craft

The Akron Art Museum Joins 65 Museums Around the World With Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer

The Museum of Modern Art Presents Focus: Sol LeWitt

Paintings by Maine Artist Lynne Drexler Opens at the Portland Museum of Art

Traveling Exhibition of The Work of Savannah Sculptor Ulysses Davis Premieres at High Museum

Exploration of Religious Belief Systems of the East at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Haughton International Fairs Announces Art Antiques Design Dubai

American Folk Art Collector Dorothea Rabkin, 87, Dies

The Grand Auction During Art Basel

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award Underscores Spencer's Place Among Select National Company

Vauxhall Collective: The UK's Most Talented and Exciting Creatives are Announced

December 5, 2008

Czars, Wonders of Imperial Russia. Collections of the State Hermitage Museum Opens

Old Master Paintings Realise GBP13,334,000 at Sotheby's

Van Gogh Museum Welcomes Stedelijk Museum with a Fauvists and Expressionists Show

Little Ashes: Movie About Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca to be Released Spring 2009

Art is Arp - Drawings, Collages, Reliefs at Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Masterwork By Georges Seurat Sells For 4.9 Million Euros Sotheby's Paris

Overall Success at Christie's Important American Painters

Daan van Golden: Red or Blue Opens at Camden Arts Centre

American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale at Sotheby's Achieves $25.5 Million

The Morgan Library & Museum to Exhibit Extraordinary Selection of Rare Bookbindings

Lineart 2008 Lines Up Prestigious Projects To Entice Art Buyers to Flanders' Premier Art Fair

Vintage Singapore - Souvenirs from the Recent Past To Open at Brunei Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents Nationally Touring Retrospective of Acclaimed Photographer Frank Gohlke

The Museum of Modern Art Presents Focus: Jasper Johns

The Elms Lesters Painting Rooms Book Presented in London

Jane Irish's Now Preserve Launches Preservation Prints Series

Cheekwood Names New Vice President, Development and Marketing

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site