Reversal Grey Marilyn (Pictures of Diamond Dust)

Vik Muniz

Reversal Grey Marilyn (Pictures of Diamond Dust) , 2003

Photographs
39.75 x 36.75 Inches
Cibachrome print
Edition of 5
Estimate $107,000 - $137,000
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Phillips London, April 6, 2017 (Lot 143)

About the artwork

Pop Art is a strong influence on Muniz’ practice and art, evident in Reversal Grey Marilyn (Pictures of Diamond Dust). Much like Andy Warhol, Muniz worked in advertising before embarking on a career in the arts, and both drew inspiration from commercial products and media as a form of cultural critique. After Marilyn Monroe died, Warhol used her image in a series of silkscreen prints to question the cult of celebrity that exists within American society and culture. Muniz uses the same image and recreates it with diamond dust, adding another layer of interpretation by questioning the superficiality and obsession with glamour in Hollywood. Muniz has created images of other deceased celebrities using diamond dust as well, including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich.

About the artist

Vik Muniz

VIk Muniz, born in 1961, is a Brazilian artist and photographer known for his work with unconventional materials. Initially working with sculpture, Muniz eventually turned to photography, and it soon became the medium for which he is now celebrated. Muniz creates works with art historical references, appropriating imagery from old masters and celebrity portraits. He creates his pieces with out-of-the-ordinary materials such as tomato sauce, diamonds, magazine clippings, and chocolate sauce, and then uses photography to capture them. For example, he once used peanut butter and jelly to recreate Andy Warhol’s critically acclaimed Double Mona Lisa (1963), which was already an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Muniz starred in the 2010 film Waste Land, which followed him in his project of recreating Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Marat by photographing trash pickers in Brazil and then recreating the photos in large-scale arrangements of waste and trash. Recently breaking into the world of fashion and consumer culture, Muniz collaborated with Louis Vuitton in 2021 on a line of handbags featuring his work.


Muniz’s work is included in the collections of a number of major international museums. He works between Brooklyn, New York and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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