Lot 432
  • 432

Vik Muniz

100,000 - 150,000 USD
168,000 USD
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  • Vik Muniz
  • The Sugar Children:
    Valentina, the Fastest;
    Jacynthe, Loves Orange Juice;
    Lil' Calist Can't Swim;
    Valicia Bathes in Sunday Clothes;
    Big James Sweats Buckets;
    Ten-Ten's Weed Necklace

  • each signed, titled, dated 1996 and numbered 6/10 on the reverse

  • gelatin silver prints, in 6 parts


Acquired by the present owner directly from the artist


New York, Museum of Modern Art, New Photography 13, October 1997 - January 1998 (another example exhibited)
New York, International Center of Photography, Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing, September - November 1998, pp. 104-116, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Paris, Centre national de la photographie; Paris, Caisse des dépôts et consignations; Paris, Galerie Xippas, Vik Muniz, November 1999 - January 2000, pp. 46-51, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Reparté, January - March 2001 (another example exhibited)
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Vik Muniz: ver para crer, June - August 2001, p. 64, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea; Dublin, Irish Museum of Art; Madrid, Fundación Telefónica, Vik Muniz, December 2003 - January 2005, pp. 31-39, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Rome, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Vik Muniz, September 2003 - January 2004, pp. 94-97, illustrated (another example exhibited; Lil' Calist & Ten-Ten not exhibited)
Miami Art Museum; Tampa, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Vik Muniz: Reflex, February 2006 - January 2008, pp. 61-62, illustrated (another example exhibited; Valentina & Ten-Ten)


Christina Kline, "Atlanta", Art Papers, vol. 25, no. 3, May-June 2001, p. 35, illustrated (Valentina)
Veronica Cordeiro, "Vik Muniz - Three Dimensional Pictures", ArtNexus, August, 2001, p. 43, illustrated (Valentina)
James Elkins, Moacir dos Anjos & Shelley Rice, Vik Muniz: Obra Incompleta = Vik Muniz: Incomplete Works, Rio de Janeiro, 2004, pp. 190-195, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"I displayed... [The Sugar Children] in a tiny back room of a friend's gallery in SoHo. The New York Times wrote a nice review about it, and a few weeks later I was invited to be part of the 1997-98 New Photography show at the Museum of Modern Art. Today, those sugar portraits are in the collections of some major museums, as well as in the library of the little school the children attended in St. Kitts. I owe my career to those children. As I examined my efforts, for the first time ever I felt they were something to be really proud of."  - Vik Muniz (Exh. Cat., Miami Art Museum, Vik Muniz: Reflex, 2006-2008, p. 60)