Making it Real

  • Cindy Sherman, Untitiled (95), 1981. Courtesy of artist and collection Olivier Refco Group, LTD.

  • Zeke Berman, Still life with Necker Cube, 1979. Courtesy of artist and Laurence Miller Gallery.

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto, Elizabeth Taylor , 1994. Courtesy of artist and Sonnabend Gallery.

  • Making it Real, Installation View, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts, 1998.

  • Making it Real, Installation View, Emerson Gallery, New York, 1999.

Curated by Vik Muniz

Making It Real examines recent photographs that deliberately expose the artifice of their fabricated, set-up, and arranged subjects. The artist photographers in Making It Real treat the notion of photographic “truth” with skepticism but unlike postmodern photographers who consciously negate the principles of straight photography, the artists in Making It Real instead challenge these principles without ever really stepping outside their boundaries. Their subjects are examined directly and presented free of darkroom manipulations; they attempt to record things that exist in the world of situations, events, and objects. By making simulated reality their subject and deliberately exposing their setups, the artists produce photographs that are both deceptive and precise descriptions of reality. In this manner, they mock, and at the same time make operable, traditional claims of the photograph to truth, objectivity, and realism while questioning the validity of traditional dichotomies such as true and false, fact and fiction.



Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1961, but has lived and worked in New York since the late 1980’s. He began his career as a sculptor, but gradually became more interested in photographic reproductions of his sculptures and eventually turned his attention exclusively to photography. In addition to The Things Themselves: Pictures of Dust at the Whitney Museum of American Art from January 27 through May 20, 2001, Muniz’ work was recently included in several of the following group shows: the Whitney’s 2000 Biennial, Media/Metaphor at the Corcoran Gallery (opened December, 2000),  Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999) and Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect  (1999) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


touring schedule

Bayly Art Museum
Charlottesville, Virginia
September 18, 1998 - November 15, 1998

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Maine, United States
January 22, 1998 - March 22, 1998

The Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum,
Reykjavik, Iceland,
October 18, 1997 - November 23, 1997

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Ridgefield, Connecticut, United States
January 19, 1997 - April 20, 1997

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