Vija Celmins : to fix the image in memory

Garrels, Gary,

Vija Celmins : to fix the image in memory To fix the image in memory - 271 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm

Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 15, 2018-March 31, 2019; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 4-August 4, 2019; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 24, 2019-January 12, 2020.--colophon.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-261) and index.

Vija Celmins : To fix the image in memory / The image found me : Vija Celmins in Los Angeles / Redescribing the photograph / Moving out / Longer than anywhere in the world : Vija Celmins on the east coast / Exercises in abstraction / Vija Celmins : In the artist's words / Neal Benezra and Max Hollein -- Gary Garrels and Ian Alteveer -- Gary Garrels -- Russell Ferguson -- Frances Jacobus-Parker -- Suzanne Hudson -- Ian Alteveer -- Briony Fer -- Compiled by Meredith A. Brown -- Compiled by Nancy Lim -- Compiled by Nancy Lim -- Foreword / Acknowledgments / Lenders to the exhibition -- Chronology -- Exhibition history / Selected bibliography / Works in the exhibition -- Index.

Best known for her striking drawings of ocean surfaces, begun in 1968 and revisited over many years both in drawings and paintings, Vija Celmins (b. 1938) has been creating exquisitely detailed renderings of natural imagery for more than five decades. The oceans were followed by desert floors and night skies--all subjects in which vast, expansive distances are distilled into luminous, meticulous, and mesmerizing small-scale artworks. For Celmins, this obsessive "redescribing" of the world is a way to understand human consciousness in relation to lived experience. The first major publication on the artist in twenty years, this comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume explores the full range of Celmins's work produced since the 1960s--drawings and paintings as well as sculpture and prints. Scholarly essays, a narrative chronology, and a selection of excerpts from interviews with the artist illuminate her methods and techniques; survey her early years in Los Angeles, where she was part of a circle that included James Turrell and Ken Price; and trace the development of her work after she moved to New York City and befriended figures such as Robert Gober and Richard Serra. Exhibition: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA (15.12.2018-31.03.2019); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (13.06-11.08.2019); The Met Breuer, New York, USA (01.10.2019-12.01.2020).

9780300234213 030023421X

Celmins, Vija, 1938- --Exhibitions.

Drawing, American--United States--20th century--21st century.
Art, Modern--20th century--21st century.
Latvian American artists--New York (State).
Women artists.

Exhibition catalogues.

N6537.C4 / A4 2018

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