Vija Celmins
night sky
Starfield, 2008
Mezzotint on paper
Plate: 585 x 835 mm
Support: 674 x 912 mm
night sky
Night Sky 3, 2002
Aquatint on drypoint on paper
Image: 372 x 471 mm
Frame: 541 x 643 x 37 mm
night sky
Night Sky #18, 1998
Charcoal on paper
Support: 507 x 584 mm
Frame: 615 x 694 x 38 mm
December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019 / Floor 4
For more than five decades, Vija Celmins has been creating
subtle, exquisitely detailed renderings of the physical world —
including oceans, desert floors, and night skies. Distilling vast,
expansive distances into mesmerizing, small-scale artworks,
these “redescriptions” are a way to understand human
consciousness in relation to lived experience.
Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory features more than
140 artworks, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
A global debut, this is the first Celmins retrospective in North
America in more than twenty-five years.