Geneva: Coromandel Press. With 6 original gelatin silver prints, each signed and dated on the verso and tipped into window mounts. Loose as issued in cloth-backed folder, with chemise. The book is presented in a dark-green paper folder inspired by old school notebooks. Edition of 50. The Brazilian artist Vik Muniz had been collecting artificial flowers for many years and had even fabricated some himself from paper. For this book, he selected a series of images that evoke an old herbaria of the 18th century, an era during which amateur botany became a fertile aristocratic entertainment. At first glance, the photographs appear to be of these classical representations. However, after observing the image more closely, the reader can detect the reflection of a piece of plastic or the paper’s texture. Challenging our faculty of perception is a central element in the work of Muniz. The photographs were enriched, in the printing process, with sepia and gold tones to emphasize their similarity to old prints. The typography is a post-modern reinterpretation of the over-ornate fonts of the 18th century.
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Vik Muniz | Flowers | 1999 | Zucker Art Books
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