Celmins, Vija. (b. 1938)

Drawings of the Night Sky - Signed

London: Anthony d'Offay. 2001. First and limited edition, one of 480 copies signed by Celmins. 4to. 61, (3) pp. Printed photographic portrait of Celmins laid in. With an essay by Adrian Searle. Original full grey cloth, stamped in red; all edges trimmed; in original paper slip case. As new.

Celmins’s oeuvre is characterized by an embrace of formal and technical challenges and by a rich and prolonged engagement with a limited group of subjects. Central among these motifs is a star-filled night sky - derived from satellite photographs - and generally shown tightly cropped and at a slight angle.  Lacking the anchor of a horizon, a humanly scaled reference point, or a recognizable landmark, viewers may have difficulty determining their relationship to the image. The enormity of the subject presented on a relatively small scale (the work is less than two feet wide) furthers this sense of disorientation. (20515)

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