Vija Celmins
Latvian, born 1938
1,161 followers
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2018
Master Drawings: Post-War & Contemporary,
Barbara Mathes Gallery
2015
Vija Celmins: Selected Prints,
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl
2014
Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, July 27,
Guild Hall

Vija Celmins creates subtle, often delicate, monochromatic paintings, drawings and prints based largely on her own photographs of the desert, sea, night sky, and other natural phenomena. Using graphite, erasers, electric erasers and charcoal dust among other tools and materials, Celmins investigates the nature of physical and metaphorical presence, as well as the spatial implications of drawing. There is a sense of quietude and wonder in much of the work, and a notable banishing of any direct human presence. Her serial explorations of a single subject include the Mojave Desert in the U.S., a place she has often photographed, and a spider’s web.

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