Vik Muniz

Arts & Life
2:48 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Iconic Paintings Recreated With Garbage At Mint

VIK MUNIZ. Brazilian, 1961- The Birth of Venus, after Botticelli (Pictures of Junk) 2008 digital chromogenic print
Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York City. Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

An exhibit of famous paintings re-created using garbage opened this weekend at the Mint Museum Uptown.

Look closely at the reworking of Botticelli's iconic "Birth of Venus" and you'll notice that in place of Venus's long flowing hair are old frayed ropes.

“Venus is rising out of the half-shell of the sea,” says curator Carla Hanzal. “Here’s another Venus that’s literally rising out of a sea of garbage.”

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