Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist and photographer. Initially a sculptor, Muniz grew interested with the photographic representations of his work. Primarily working in series, Muniz incorporates the use objects such as diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and in the present lot's case 'waste' in his practice to create bold, ironic and often deceiving imagery, challenging pre-conceptions of pop culture and art history. The present lot is a re-imagination of Francesco Bertinatti's lithograph from Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative (Elements of physiological anatomy applied to fine figurative arts), published in Turin from 1837-39.
Other works from the ‘Pictures of Junk’ series have achieved excellent results at auction including Sotheby’s, New York, 22 November 2016, lot 217 ($31,250, including premium), Phillips, London, 18 May 2017, lot 82 (£22,500, including premium) and Dorotheum, 29 November 2018, lot 500 (€32,500, including premium).