Vija Celmins

Untitled Portfolio: Galaxy

1975

Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 317 x 417 mm
frame: 455 x 550 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00605

Online caption

Celmins's intense monochromatic images of the night sky, based on photographs, focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness. The images seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins's serial exploration of her subjects, including the night sky, allows the artist to exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses. 'Galaxy' is one of four lithographs from the 'Untitled Portfolio' which also includes: 'Untitled (Desert, Ocean & Sky)'.

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