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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 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.

Established
Represented by industry leading 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, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions
2019
Local: Gemini G.E.L. Collaborations with Los Angeles ArtistsGemini G.E.L.
Drawn Together AgainThe FLAG Art Foundation
2015
Vija Celmins: Selected PrintsGemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl
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Globe, 2009-2010

Colored pencil and printing ink on Japanese paper, wood, metal, and string
12 in diameter
30.5 cm diameter
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Permanent collection
Location
San Francisco
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Medium
Image rights
© Vija Celmins

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.

Established
Represented by industry leading 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, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Vija Celmins