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Vija Celmins

Untitled, 1995

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Mezzotint (manière noire),
image size: 5 x 5 1/8” (12,6 x 13 cm),
on Rives, paper size: 16 7/8 x 14”
(40,6 x 35,5 cm), printed by Simmelink/
Sukimoto Editions, Los Angeles,
Ed. 60/XXV, signed and numbered

The limits of infinity. The vast skyscape of an astronomical constellation plays host to an artist’s acute discernment of surface and perspective.


“Vija Celmins’s mature work is a repeated image of uninhabitability, without foothold or air. It depicts space liquefied or rarefied, and further carbonized in the rendering. It is a space of drowning or asphyxiation, and, though without fantasy’s comforts, of dreams.” Nancy Princenthal Parkett No. 44, 1995