Vik Muniz – Shoes, after Van Gogh

Vik Muniz – Shoes, after Van Gogh
Vik Muniz – Shoes, after Van Gogh


Vik Muniz, Shoes, after Van Gogh (Pictures of Flowers), 2018, C-print (edition of 25), 50 x 67,5 cm

Shoes, after Van Gogh (from Pictures of Flowers), 2018

Chromogenic print (c-print)
26.38 x 20 in. (67.01 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed and dated in ink on label affixed to verso

Edition 25/25

Vik Muniz’s Shoes is based Vincent Van Gogh’s still life painting of old work shoes he purchased at a flea market. To create the worn-down appearance, during a rain storm, Van Gogh walked around in the shoes until they were distressed to his satisfaction. To create this image, Muniz collected dahlias and other flowers. He filled a space of more than 100 m² in the garden of the Van Gogh Huis. Muniz then photographed the floral arrangement from above and scaled the subsequent photograph down to match his source material. The result is an image that references Van Gogh’s historic masterpiece.

Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b. 1961) was born in São Paulo and began his career as a sculptor before turning his attention to photography and conceptual artworks. He is known for his photographs of unique works he creates by hand, using alternative materials, such as food, garbage, and diamonds. Recreating well-known works of art, people, and places, Muniz reimagines his iconic subjects in his photography. He has exhibited solo shows around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; and the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro. His works are in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Instituto Itau Cultural, São Paulo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Gana Art Center, Seoul; among others. Muniz currently lives and works in New York.


Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 80 × 60 × 10 cm