Vija Celmins

Prints

SEPT 23 - JAN 27, 2001

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In addition to information about the artist, you will find a catalog containing many of Cirrus' offerings for the artist. Some items are not for sale, but are provided for historical reference

Prices reflect those at the time of exhibition- not the current market value. For current value, go the artist page.

Previous Exhibitions

2012

NARCISSISM, THE REAL, THE FAKE AND THE ANTI-DIGITAL IMPULSE

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: OPEN NETWORK

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: THE VISITATION

2011

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: LIVIN' L.A.

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: NOW AND THEN

INSIDE/OUTSIDE: STATES OF BEING

SUSAN LOGORECI, JAMES GRIFFIOEN AND DENNIS OPPENHEIM

2010

JONAS WOOD: PRINTS

CRAIG KAUFFMAN:
WORKS ON PAPER RETROSPECTIVE

REMIX JULY 2010

GILLIAN THEOBALD:
NEW PAINTINGS


2009

NATHANIEL DE LARGE
at large

THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
CURATED BY
ARAM MOSHAYEDI

VENICE/VENICE
JOHN BALDESSARI AND
 BRUCE NAUMAN


NO SHOES ON THE CARPET

JAY BOLOTIN: THE JACKLEG TESTAMENT: PART ONE: JACK & EVE

CHARLOTTE F. SMITH

2008

JEDD GARRET:
WONDEROUS ORBS OF LIFE


COSMOS FACTORY
CURATED BY
BRAD EBERHARD

SUMMER COOL

SUSAN LOGORECI
THERE IS ALWAYS
MORE FOR PEOPLE
LIKE YOU


MARK GOLAMCO
CLOAK AND CANDLE
 

VIJA CELMINS

2007

ALL HUMAN ACTIONS
CURATED BY

DAWN KASPER

NIGHT BLOOMS
CURATED BY
MARK GOLAMCO


JUSTIN MOORE: TIME MACHINES & PARANOID LANDSCAPES

STRODE & WILDER

WORKS ON PAPER

2006

NAIVE SET THEORY
CURATED BY CATHERINE TAFT 

SUSAN LOGORECI: AREAS OF INTEREST

SUPERSIZE PRINTS

QUIVER

HEATHER BROWN-
JACOB HALEVY-JONAS WOOD

THE LATEST FICTION

2005

FINE LINE

GILLIAN THEOBALD "ELEMENTS"

THE PICTURE I CARRY IN MY HEAD
CURATED BY
TERRI PHILLIPS

DIMITRI KOZYREV

JJ VILLARD

SUSAN LOGORECI

2004

ELAINE BRADFORD

JUSTIN MOORE - "GENESIS"

PLAY-GALLERY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES AT CIRRUS

ARBORETUM

MARGO VICTOR "MVG TESTS"

JACOB DYRENFORTH "ROMANTIC COMEDY" AND "EVERY GUITAR MOVE"

MARK BRADFORD MONOPRINTS

"CRAZY THOUGHTS HAVE QUICK WINGS"
CURATED BY
EVE WOOD

2003

DIMITRI KOZYREV "JOURNEY'S II

PAINTING BY LETTERS

ROSS BLECKNER "PATHWAYS"

DANIEL BRANDELY "ALAMEDA DANCE"

"RECESS"
CURATED BY DAN BAYLES

"IN THE SHADOW OF SUMMMER BLISS"
CURATED BY JUSTIN MOORE AND JEAN MILANT

"SERIES"

"SELECTED GRAPHICS" LOPEZ COLLECTION

"DRAWINGS" DIMITRI KOZYREV

2002

MAGGIE LOWE TENNESEN

SALOMON HUERTA

ED RUSCHA "COUNTRY CITISCAPES"

JUSTIN MOORE

FLATLINE

DIMITRI KOZYREV

2001

RICHARD BAKER

"GILLIAN THEOBALD"

"l*AND*sc*APE"
CURATED BY GEORGE RAGGETT

"AUXILIARY SETTINGS"
CURATED BY STEVEN CRIQUE AND JEAN MILANT

2000

"VIJA CELMINS"

NEW PRINTS BY
JOAN NELSON AND 
CERAMICS BY ROGER HERMAN

"Past and New Prints"

1999

"GILLIAN THEOBALD"

"STEVEN CRIQUI"

"JERRY BRANE"

"GUY DE COINTET"

More information about previous exhibitions at Cirrus will be added to our website in the near future.

Prices in red are sold


For this exhibition , Cirrus will present prints by New York based artist, Vija Celmins. Included in the exhibition are lithographs published by Cirrus Editions Ltd., from the 1970's to her more current wood block prints.
Vija's obsessive commitment to the themes of Ocean, Sky, Desert, and Galaxy, has led to a body of work rich in variations while limited in images. The prints are all in black and white and each image, although similar, is in reality a new space, a new surface. Vija works from photographs that she has taken of the ocean at Venice beach California, as well as photographs of others, such as the galaxies. Celmins makes many works from the same photograph. This process is quite opposite of the current trend of making works of art into editioned photographs. Staring at the ocean on a gray day the water is always moving. The surface is alive, and even if one cannot have a true sense of scale you are always reminded of it by your presence. However in Celmins work you cannot access movement, or light reflections, or space in perspective, and scale is non-existent. All of the images have no beginning or end. Vija's works are frozen in focus much like the photographs they come from. We are transported into that grey world , that Celmins says she enters every day and proceeds to draw her way out of.
In print making Celmins used mediums such as lithographic pencil on stone, mezzotint on copper, and engraving on wood, all of these methods expose the direct mark of the artist as purely as possible, leaving nothing to chance.
The densities of the surfaces are achieved through layering, of multiple printings of transparencies in the case of the lithographs and through sharp contrast of the white line in a black field, in the wood engravings. All done in painstaking proofing sessions until the right combination is reached.
Over the last 30 years Vija has produced no more than 35 editions, and probably the most important of those are the set of four prints representing, Sky Ocean, Desert, and Galaxy. The most often used images in her work.

Vija has had three retrospective exhibitions, one in 1980 Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1992 ICA, Philadelphia, and 1996 ICA, London.


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