ARTIST ROOMS Vija Celmins – North Uist

Vija Celmins, ‘Web #1’ 1999
Vija Celmins
Web #1 1999
Tate / National Galleries of Scotland
© Vija Celmins

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre is working in collaboration with ATLAS Arts to present the work of acclaimed American artist Vija Celmins. This very special exhibition offers visitors in Uist in the Western Isles the chance to see work from ARTIST ROOMS.

Born in Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins is best known for her intricate, monochromatic drawings of a select range of subjects. In 1966 she began to use photographs as the subject for her works, creating what she described as ‘impossible images’, which remind us of the complexity of the simplest things. The images on loan explore her meticulous renderings of the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky and her fascination with the microscopic detail of a spider’s web. With a slow, painstaking approach, some of these works take up to a year to complete.

As part of the exhibition there will be a range of events exploring the artist’s work, drawing particular emphasis on her use of printing techniques and references to astronomy and the night’s sky.

See also

Vija Celmins: ARTIST ROOMS

Vija Celmins at Tate Britain until April 2013, part of the ARTIST ROOMS series of exhibitions

Work of the Week: Galaxy by Vija Celmins

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Dust and Doubt: The Deserts and Galaxies of Vija Celmins

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