Best Of 2006

Best Exhibit That's Still Open: Vik Muniz: Reflex at USF CAM

Vik Muniz's self-portraits, assembled from holes punched out of magazine pages (Photo courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York)

This playful retrospective of work by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz was best in any number of ways, but this category gets straight to the point — unlike many of the shows mentioned here, it’s still open (until Oct. 7), so get in your car and go. Combining sculpture, painting and photography, Muniz renders an image in unusual materials then snaps a photo as the final work of art. Look out for mischievous recreations of art icons, like the Mona Lisa redone in peanut butter and jelly, and Warhol portraits of Jackie O. in ketchup. A serious, documentary tone marks other works, including portraits of Rio de Janeiro’s street children traced in debris from Carnival parties. 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CAM 101, Tampa, 813-974-4133, www.usfcam.usf.edu/CAM/cam_about.html.