Vija Celmins

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A.R.T. Press, 1992 - Art - 64 pages
"Vija Celmin's drawings and paintings evoke the infinite, as the artist attentively examines subjects like a night sky filled with distant stars or a rocky expanse of the moon's surface. An interview with Chuck Close reveals Celmin's ongoing interest in drawing and her love of nature as a place of discovery."

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About the author (1992)

Vija Celmins was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1938, and immigrated to North America with her family when she was 10 years old. Since the 60s she has received international attention for her renditions of natural scenesooften copied from photographs that lack a point of reference, horizon, or discernible depth of field. A master of several mediums, including oil painting, charcoal, and multiple printmaking processes, Celmins matches a tangible sense of space with sensuous detail in each work. She received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1997, and retrospectives of her work have traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. In 2002, a retrospective of her prints was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Celmins currently resides in New York and California.

Chuck Close was born in Monroe, Washington, in 1940 and studied visual art at Yale University. Photography has been an integral part of his painting process since the mid-60s, and later became a body of work in its own right. Close has also distinguished himself as a master of printmaking. Since 1967 his work has been the subject of more than 100 major exhibitions throughout the world.

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