Double Elvis

A work made of silver dye-bleach prints.

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  • A work made of silver dye-bleach prints.

Date:

1999

Artist:

Vik Muniz
Brazilian, born 1961

About this artwork

Vik Muniz has become known for employing unusual materials to create what he calls "the worst possible illusion that will still fool the eye." In his series Pictures of Chocolate, Muniz used Bosco syrup to recreate iconic images from fine art. Muniz had to work quickly to finish and photograph his drawings before the syrup dried and lost its glossy look. In fact, Muniz turned to color photography for the first time in this project because of Bosco’s resemblance in black and white to blood (for which it was used in early horror films, including Psycho). This image of Andy Warhol’s 1963 Double Elvis—itself already an appropriation of a famous Hollywood photograph—thus takes on another layer of representation in its turn from portrait to memento mori.

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Photography

Artist

Vik Muniz

Title

Double Elvis

Origin

Brazil

Date

1999

Medium

Silver dye-bleach prints

Dimensions

97.8 × 78.2 cm (each)

Credit Line

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund

Reference Number

2000.30.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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