Vija Celmins

Desert, Sea & Stars

Vija Celmins reproduces photographic templates in paintings and graphical works. She mostly confines herself to using the colours black, white and grey, and to a very small range of motifs, each of which she examines again and again, as if researching it.

This catalogue collects the results of this research and presents 60 versions of the artist’s four main motifs: the surface of the sea, the night sky, the desert and spider webs. Texts by Julia Friedrich and Hubertus Butin place the work in a larger art-historical context.

English and German text.

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