Vija Celmins by Vija CelminsVija Celmins by Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins

By (artist)Vija Celmins

Hardcover | March 27, 2018

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This volume catalogs Vija Celmins’ (born 1938) first new body of work since 2010, featuring paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.

The Latvian-born, New York–based artist has been rendering nature imagery from black-and-white photographic sources since the 1960s, exploring the same subjects repeatedly in paintings, drawings and prints. Here, she focuses on two motifs she has employed for several decades: the ocean’s surface and the night sky. The imagery, however, is not her foremost concern: “The recognizable image is just one element to consider. The paintings seem more a record of my grappling with how to transform that image into a painting and make it alive.” This process can be seen in A Painting in Six Parts (1986–87/2012–16), a group of six oil paintings based on a photograph she took 50 years ago from a pier in Venice, California.

Title:Vija CelminsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 10.4 × 9.3 × 0.7 inPublished:March 27, 2018Publisher:Matthew Marks GalleryLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944929134

ISBN - 13:9781944929138