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Vija Celmins

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Birthplace
Riga, Latvia

Birth year
1938

Lives in
New York City

Works in
New York City

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2014 Les Habitants
Fondation Cartier
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2014 PRODUCING SUBJECTS
MIT List Visual Arts Center
 
Statement

Vija Celmins is an American artist. She immigrated to the United States with her family from Latvia when she was ten years old.

Celmins work includes oil painting, charcoal and pencil drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Her early work bears interesting relationships with that of her contemporary, Gerhard Richter, the German painter. The early paintings share Richter's slightly blurred photo-realist style, and some were executed with no colour, just using black and white and greys made from mixing black and white paint.

Celmins is now internationally known for her later works which are often intensely realistic paintings and drawings. Celmins has also worked with print media since the early 1960s, again meticulously rendering details of the natural environment. Celmins's work demonstrates a remarkably close engagement with the natural world mediated by photography. Celmins has said her images dispel romantic notions of the sublime in nature.

In the late 1960s, Celmins started drawing more, mainly working with graphite pencil. Her subjects became increasingly selective until her work became almost entirely images of the surface of the ocean, night skies (with stars), and the surface of the desert, with small stones and pebbles rendered in great detail.

Recent Exhibits

Vija Celmins participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
Mudam Luxembourg
 
May, 2014 Multiplicity
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
 
May, 2014 Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection
Harwood Museum of Art
 
Feb, 2014 Lifelike
Phoenix Art Museum
 
Jan, 2014 THE AGE OF SMALL THINGS
DODGE Gallery
 
Oct, 2013 Revisioning History
SENIOR & SHOPMAKER GALLERY
 
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Exhibited with these artists
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Vija Celmins has Exhibited at these venues:

Fondation Cartier MIT List Visual Arts Center
Mudam Luxembourg Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Harwood Museum of Art Phoenix Art Museum
DODGE Gallery SENIOR & SHOPMAKER GALLERY
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien John Berggruen Gallery
Blanton Museum of Art McKenzie Fine Art
George Adams Gallery Cirrus Gallery
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Kohn Gallery Whitney Museum of American Art
New Orleans Museum of Art L&M Arts, Los Angeles
Tate Britain ARKANSAS ART CENTER-MUSEUM OF ART
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Cantor Arts Center
Carnegie Museum of Art Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Martin-Gropius-Bau
Whitechapel Gallery 601Artspace
Walker Art Center MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Hammer Museum Norton Simon Museum
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla
Museum Ludwig Köln LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Centre Pompidou Lehmann Maupin
Jason McCoy Gallery MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
Brooklyn Museum of Art carriage trade
MOCA Geffen Contemporary University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University Julie Saul Gallery
Altman Siegel Gallery Fraenkel Gallery
Pilgrim Art Center OUAG - Oakland University Art Gallery
MoMA PS1 Girls' Club
San Jose Museum of Art Hayward Gallery
Leslie Sacks Contemporary Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
Hunter College/Times Square Gallery Parrish Art Museum
Jim Kempner Fine Art McKee Gallery
Western Project
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