Vija Celmins

Latvian, b. 1938

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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 …

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Untitled (Saturn), 1985
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Offset lithograph, on wove paper
62.0 x 66.0 cm
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$5,292
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May 20, 2021
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The Artist's Eye: The Collection of Tom Levine Offset lithograph, 1985, signed in pencil and inscribed 'A/P', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 50, on wove paper, published by A.R.T. Press, New York, framed plate: 66 by 62 mm 2 ⅝ by 1 ½ in framed: 290 by 252 mm 11 ½ by 9 ⅞ in
Untitled (Saturn), 1985
Offset lithograph, on wove paper
May 20, 2021
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62.0 x 66.0 cm
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May 20, 2021
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$5,292
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The Artist's Eye: The Collection of Tom Levine Offset lithograph, 1985, signed in pencil and inscribed 'A/P', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 50, on wove paper, published by A.R.T. Press, New York, framed plate: 66 by 62 mm 2 ⅝ by 1 ½ in framed: 290 by 252 mm 11 ½ by 9 ⅞ in
$8,190
Untitled (Saturn) (see R. 23), 1985
Sold on May 1, 2021
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Mezzotint, on wove paper
5.7 x 6.4 cm
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$8,190
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May 1, 2021
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Untitled (Saturn) (see R. 23), 1985
Mezzotint, on wove paper
May 1, 2021
Phillips
$8,190
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5.7 x 6.4 cm
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$6,048
Saturn Stamps (R. 28), 1995
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Offset lithograph, on wove paper
23.8 x 31.1 cm
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$6,048
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May 1, 2021
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Saturn Stamps (R. 28), 1995
Offset lithograph, on wove paper
May 1, 2021
Phillips
$6,048
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23.8 x 31.1 cm
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Phillips
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$6,048
$17,500
Night Sky Woodcut, 1997
Sold on Apr 16, 2021
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woodcut, on Kozo-Gampi paper Chine collé to Fabriano Tiepolo paper
22.86 x 21.91 cm
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$17,500
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Apr 16, 2021
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) woodcut, on Kozo-Gampi paper Chine collé to Fabriano Tiepolo paper, 1997, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 11/30 (there were also twenty artist's proofs), published by The Grenfell Press, New York, with full margins, in very good condition, framed Image: 8 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (219 x 245 mm.) Sheet: 17 5/8 x 12 ½ in. (448 x 318 mm.)
Night Sky Woodcut, 1997
woodcut, on Kozo-Gampi paper Chine collé to Fabriano Tiepolo paper
Apr 16, 2021
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$17,500
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22.86 x 21.91 cm
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Apr 16, 2021
Christie's
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$17,500
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) woodcut, on Kozo-Gampi paper Chine collé to Fabriano Tiepolo paper, 1997, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 11/30 (there were also twenty artist's proofs), published by The Grenfell Press, New York, with full margins, in very good condition, framed Image: 8 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (219 x 245 mm.) Sheet: 17 5/8 x 12 ½ in. (448 x 318 mm.)
$1,000
The Stars, 2005
Sold on Mar 10, 2021
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two etchings with a photogravure for the cover, on handmade Gampi and Somerset papers
19.0 x 28.0 x 2.5 cm
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$1,000
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Mar 10, 2021
Christie's
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) the complete artist's book comprising two etchings with a photogravure for the cover, on handmade Gampi and Somerset papers, 2005, signed by the artist and author in pencil on the justification page, number 73 of 130 (there were also 26 deluxe examples lettered a-z and seven artist's proof examples lettered aa-gg), published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with title, justification and text pages by Eliot Weinberger (in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Maori), the full sheets or with full margins, bound (as issued), creasing at the left sheet edge of the foldout etching, otherwise in good condition, with original photogravure cover and clamshell box Overall: 11 x 7 ½ x 1 in. (280 x 190 x 25 mm.) (album)
The Stars, 2005
two etchings with a photogravure for the cover, on handmade Gampi and Somerset papers
Mar 10, 2021
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$1,000
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19.0 x 28.0 x 2.5 cm
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Mar 10, 2021
Christie's
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$1,000
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) the complete artist's book comprising two etchings with a photogravure for the cover, on handmade Gampi and Somerset papers, 2005, signed by the artist and author in pencil on the justification page, number 73 of 130 (there were also 26 deluxe examples lettered a-z and seven artist's proof examples lettered aa-gg), published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with title, justification and text pages by Eliot Weinberger (in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Maori), the full sheets or with full margins, bound (as issued), creasing at the left sheet edge of the foldout etching, otherwise in good condition, with original photogravure cover and clamshell box Overall: 11 x 7 ½ x 1 in. (280 x 190 x 25 mm.) (album)
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Jupiter Moon - Constellation, 1983
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mezzotint and etching in colors, on Fabriano Rosapina paper
19.4 x 27.6 cm
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Mar 10, 2021
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) mezzotint and etching in colors, on Fabriano Rosapina paper, 1983, signed in pencil, numbered 5/48 (there were also twelve artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and ink stamp on the reverse, with full margins, in very good condition, framed Image: 10 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (276 x 194 mm.) Sheet: 23 5/8 x 18 ½ in. (600 x 470 mm.)
Jupiter Moon - Constellation, 1983
mezzotint and etching in colors, on Fabriano Rosapina paper
Mar 10, 2021
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19.4 x 27.6 cm
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Mar 10, 2021
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VIJA CELMINS (B. 1938) mezzotint and etching in colors, on Fabriano Rosapina paper, 1983, signed in pencil, numbered 5/48 (there were also twelve artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and ink stamp on the reverse, with full margins, in very good condition, framed Image: 10 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (276 x 194 mm.) Sheet: 23 5/8 x 18 ½ in. (600 x 470 mm.)
£20,160
Night Sky Woodcut (Rippner p. 53), 1997
Sold on Mar 9, 2021
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22.86 x 22.54 cm
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£20,160
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Mar 9, 2021
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Woodcut, 1997, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 29/30, on Kozo-Gampi paper mounted on Fabriano Tiepolo paper (as issued), framed image: 219 by 245mm 8 ⅞ by 9 ⅞ in sheet: 448 by 318mm 17 ⅝ by 12 ½ in
Night Sky Woodcut (Rippner p. 53), 1997
Woodcut
Mar 9, 2021
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£20,160
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22.86 x 22.54 cm
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£20,160
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Woodcut, 1997, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 29/30, on Kozo-Gampi paper mounted on Fabriano Tiepolo paper (as issued), framed image: 219 by 245mm 8 ⅞ by 9 ⅞ in sheet: 448 by 318mm 17 ⅝ by 12 ½ in
£27,720
Ocean Surface Woodcut 1992 (R. p. 52), 1992
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Woodcut, on Whatman 1953 paper
22.54 cm
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£27,720
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Mar 9, 2021
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Woodcut, 1992, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 9/50, on Whatman 1953 paper, framed image: 225 by 305mm 8 ⅞ by 12in sheet: 495 by 394mm 19 ½ by 15 ½ in
Ocean Surface Woodcut 1992 (R. p. 52), 1992
Woodcut, on Whatman 1953 paper
Mar 9, 2021
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£27,720
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22.54 cm
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£27,720
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Woodcut, 1992, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 9/50, on Whatman 1953 paper, framed image: 225 by 305mm 8 ⅞ by 12in sheet: 495 by 394mm 19 ½ by 15 ½ in
£12,600
Night Sky, Untitled #17, 2006
Sold on Mar 9, 2021
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Screenprint, on wove paper
55.88 x 70.17 cm
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£12,600
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Mar 9, 2021
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Screenprint, 2006, signed in pencil, inscribed P.P. 4/4, a printer's proof aside from the edition of 45, on wove paper, framed sheet (visible): 700 by 565mm 27 ⅝ by 22 ¼ in
Night Sky, Untitled #17, 2006
Screenprint, on wove paper
Mar 9, 2021
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£12,600
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55.88 x 70.17 cm
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Mar 9, 2021
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£12,600
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Screenprint, 2006, signed in pencil, inscribed P.P. 4/4, a printer's proof aside from the edition of 45, on wove paper, framed sheet (visible): 700 by 565mm 27 ⅝ by 22 ¼ in
£15,120
Desert (R. p. 49), 1975
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Lithograph, on Twinrocker Handmade Rag paper
40.64 x 31.75 cm
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£15,120
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Mar 9, 2021
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Lithograph, 1975, from the Untitled Portfolio, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 40/75, on Twinrocker Handmade Rag paper, framed image: 318 by 419mm 12 ½ by 16 ½ in sheet: 415 by 508mm 16 ⅜ by 20in
Desert (R. p. 49), 1975
Lithograph, on Twinrocker Handmade Rag paper
Mar 9, 2021
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40.64 x 31.75 cm
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£15,120
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Lithograph, 1975, from the Untitled Portfolio, signed in pencil, dated, numbered 40/75, on Twinrocker Handmade Rag paper, framed image: 318 by 419mm 12 ½ by 16 ½ in sheet: 415 by 508mm 16 ⅜ by 20in