Times Square-42nd Street
New York City, after George Bellows (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011
New York City After Bellows, "by artist Vik Muniz was created as a large photograph of a collage that was based on an iconic image of New York City by George Bellows. Muniz used torn strips of magazine pages to remake the 1911 painting of Times Square which is in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington DC. This contemporary take on Bellows' "New York" melds subject with a technique appropriate for a portrayal of the teeming streets of the city.
For the millions of passersby at the 'Crossroads of the World', this is a rare opportunity to be able to see the subject of an artwork and the art itself together. Having Muniz's art in the lightbox allows the viewer to bridge the past and the present, and experience both the art and the place at the same time. Muniz's collage technique is painterly, as color is layered and textures abound in the populous cityscape, where crowds and horse-drawn carriages fight for space on crowded streets under the glow of theatre marquees on Broadway.
Muniz has long been fascinated with the properties of photographs and the appropriation of art that is recreated and made more accessible, through unconventional methods and materials. He has used chocolate syrup, cast off metal debris, and, in his most recent series, vintage photographs and postcards are shaped into new collages that are transformed into large-scale photographs. At Times Square his photographed collage stands out in its teeming location, as viewers are attracted by the detail, history and craft on display.
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