Peter Norton's Vik Muniz Christmas Gift
MAO does Ceramics..better known as Chachka?? Well. sometimes.. if it's by one of our favorite Contemporary Artists. Hey, At least it's not Video Art (aka.. The New Ceramics).
In this weekend's Sunday NY Times there was a
story about The Peter Norton Christmas Gifts.
What Carol Kino failed to mention, in 1999 Vik Muniz was brilliantly commissioned to design a Peter Norton Family Christmas Project gift produced by Bernardaud in Limges, France. Vik made an ashtray with an image printed on the inside of a man standing on a mountain ridge looking into a misty valley. Vik's image named "Wanderer Above the Sea of Ashes, after Caspar David Friedrich"
In 1818 Caspar David Friedrich, the 19th century German romantic painter, created "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog." MAO is not sure where the original painting currently lives, We've never seen it, but it's pretty funny for Vik to put his appropriated version on the inside of an ashtray!
What make MAO really howl...
Vik puts at the base of the image a few very lifelike used cigarette butts. So at first when you see the ashtray, it looks used and dirty! Totally Hysterical!
Now we know, many of you may find it hard to believe... But no one on the MAO staff is
important enough to be currently on the direct Christmas mailing gift list of the Peter Norton family! Clearly a clerical over-site! But, as a total Vik Muniz addict we just had to have this one!
After about a year of searching, Thank you EBay! We finally found it up for sale a few weeks ago. There were only a few smart bidders, who clearly were not as Vik
crazed dedicated as MAO. We it's ourd!! Yea!!
But, the interesting story was the EBay seller was a prominent, now retired, NY city museum curator, who swore MAO to a lifetime of secrecy never to divulge their name in public
(private email only please)!
Now... if anyone has a Vik Muniz Medusa Marinara Plate they'd like to sell...??? MAO is a buyer, we need to complete our Vik Muniz
Chachka Ceramic's collection.
And if anyone reading has the 1997 Norton Kara Walker "Freedom: A Fable" pop-up book..or any of the other wonderful Norton Commissioned Art Works, Christmas is only a few days away.. so please contact MAO's partner, Dr. Quiz quickly, cause MAO has been a very good boy this year!