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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 recognisable 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.
ISBN 9781944929138. Matthew Marks Gallery.
nyp due 1/5/18