Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"Only through the absolute reduction of the image can her desire never to show the same become clear. Only in apparent simplicity can the actual complexity of the images be rendered comprehensible. Amidst the deluge of images, the speed and simplicity that nowadays assail us, this is one way to force the viewer to look slowly and deeply at the work of art. And it is one possibility for sharpening our eye to what a picture is." Julia Friedrich, excerpted from Always the Same Song? in Vija Celmins.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited with text by Brigitte Kölle. Text by Juliane Au, Hubertus Butin, Johanna Hornauer, Vija Celmins, Gerhard Richter.
This publication brings together for the first time the work of New York–based artist Vija Celmins (born 1938) and Colgone-based painter Gerhard Richter (born 1932) in a transatlantic dialogue that reveals surprising connections. Their works have been paired together at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in an exhibition spanning over 60 paintings, drawings, prints and objects. This study offers comparisons between some of the artists’ most notable works, including Celmins’ To Fix the Image in Memory and Richter’s Seascape (Sea Sea). In addition to their thematic similarities and the fact that both have worked with photographic models throughout their careers, Celmins and Richter share an interest in the most elementary conditions of representation. This revelatory pairing invokes questions of reality, visibility and the nature of perception itself.
Published by Matthew Marks Gallery. Text by Bob Nickas.
The Latvian-born, New York–based artist has been rendering nature imagery from black-and-white photographic sources since the 1960s, exploring the same subjects repeatedly in paintings, drawings and prints. Here, she focuses on two motifs she has employed for several decades: the ocean’s surface and the night sky. The imagery, however, is not her foremost concern: “The recognizable image is just one element to consider. The paintings seem more a record of my grappling with how to transform that image into a painting and make it alive.” This process can be seen in A Painting in Six Parts (1986–87/2012–16), a group of six oil paintings based on a photograph she took 50 years ago from a pier in Venice, California.
PUBLISHER Matthew Marks Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9 x 10.25 in. / 144 pgs / 70 color / 5 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/27/2018 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 123
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781944929138TRADE List Price: $60.00 CDN $79.00 GBP £53.00
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Julia Friedrich, Kasper König. Texts by Hubertus Butin, Julia Friedrich.
The many admirers and devotees of Vija Celmins (born 1938) at last possess a serious overview of the Latvian-born, New York-based artist's work in this volume. For more than a half-century, Celmins has quietly mined a narrow but infinitely rich range of theme and palette, extrapolating whole worlds of photorealist detail from four seemingly simple motifs: the surface of the sea, the night sky, the desert and the spider web. In oil paintings, prints and charcoal or graphite pencil drawings that revisit these motifs over and over, as if researching them to comprehend their infinities of detail, Celmins confines herself to the colors black, white and gray, preserving a spacious sobriety and calm exactitude for her potentially romantic subjects. This essential volume reproduces more than 60 variations of Celmins' precisely depicted seas, skies, deserts and webs, which in the artist's seemingly dispassionate renderings restore vastness and wonder to our sense of the cosmos.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Artwork by Vija Celmins. Text by Eliot Weinberger.
New York artist Vija Celmins has made many images of the night sky--paintings, drawings and prints of gorgeous richness. In The Stars, she and her collaborator, the essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger, devote an artist's book to the theme. Celmins created three celestial prints for the project, which she also designed. One print, inspired by the worn binding of an early twentieth-century Japanese book, becomes the volume's mottled deep-blue cover; the second and third prints are images of the night sky, one of them negative--dark stars on a pale ground. For the text, Weinberger assembled a catalogue of descriptions of the stars drawn from around the world, and from an array of historical, literary and anthropological sources. This mythopoetic charting of the night sky evokes the vastness of the human imagination's response to a space itself vast and unknowable. Appearing in English and also in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Maori, the text supplements Celmins's images visually as well as verbally. The Stars was originally a limited-edition livre d'artiste published this year by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art.