Vija Celmins

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To Fix the Image in Memory

Edited by Gary Garrels; With contributions from Ian Alteveer, Briony Fer, Russell Ferguson, Suzanne Hudson, Frances Jacobus-Parker, Meredith A. Brown, and Nancy Lim

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The beautiful catalogue that accompanies the critically-acclaimed exhibition currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum 

Best known for her striking drawings of ocean surfaces, begun in 1968 and revisited over many years both in drawings and paintings, Vija Celmins (b. 1938) has been creating exquisitely detailed renderings of natural imagery for more than five decades. The oceans were followed by desert floors and night skies—all subjects in which vast, expansive distances are distilled into luminous, meticulous, and mesmerizing small-scale artworks. For Celmins, this obsessive “redescribing” of the world is a way to understand human consciousness in relation to lived experience.
 
The first major publication on the artist in twenty years, this comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume explores the full range of Celmins’s work produced since the 1960s—drawings and paintings as well as sculpture and prints. Scholarly essays, a narrative chronology, and a selection of excerpts from interviews with the artist illuminate her methods and techniques; survey her early years in Los Angeles, where she was part of a circle that included James Turrell and Ken Price; and trace the development of her work after she moved to New York City and befriended figures such as Robert Gober and Richard Serra. 

Gary Garrels is Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
(12/15/18–03/31/19)


Art Gallery of Ontario
(05/04/19–08/04/19)


The Met Breuer, New York
(09/24/19–01/12/20)

"The beautifully produced catalog provides a thorough overview of Celmins’s life and artistic development."—Susan Tallman, New York Review of Books

“an excellent catalog.”—Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle
ISBN: 9780300234213
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
272 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 5/8
230 color illus., including 4 gatefolds
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Richard Serra Drawing

A Retrospective

Edited by Gary Garrels, Bernice Rose, and Michelle White; W

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Imran Qureshi

Ian Alteever, Navina Najat Haidar, and Sheena Wagstaff

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Dan Graham

The Roof Garden Commission

Introduction by Ian Alteveer; With an interview by Sheena W

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John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné

Volume Three: 1987–1993

Edited by Patrick Pardo and Robert Dean; With an essay by B

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Embracing the Contemporary

The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

Edited by Carlos Basualdo, with Anna Mecugni

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Edvard Munch

Between the Clock and the Bed

Edited by Gary Garrels, Jon-Ove Steihaug, and Sheena Wagsta

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