Vija Celmins - Unbound: Online Only New York Thursday, October 18, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Pulling from her own snapshots, newspaper clippings and magazines, Celmins strategically crops her images by placing wide strips of masking tape around the area she wishes to reproduce and interpret. Leaving white borders around the edge, Celmins isolates the image, allowing the paper, as she explains, “to become an extension of the print. How the print sat on the paper and the peculiar proportion and placement all became the work. My feeling is that every decision about the size of the borders has corresponding effect on how one perceives the image.” (Vija Celmins interviewed by Samantha Rippner, “A Delicate Balance,” The Prints of Vija Celmins, 2002)

  • Provenance

    Galerie Thérèse Dion, Montreal
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Prints of Vija Celmins, October 15 - December 29, 2002, pp. 32, 51-52 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 32)

  • Literature

    William Bartman, ed., Vija Celmins, New York, 1992, cover (another example illustrated)


Untitled (Saturn)

signed and numbered "38/50 V. Celmins" lower edge
Offset lithograph from a unique mezzotint on paper
10 x 8 1/2 in. (25.4 x 21.6 cm.)
Executed in 1985, this work is number 38 from an edition of 50 plus 3 artist's proofs, published by A.R.T. Press, New York.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $4,750

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Unbound: Online Only

Bidding Closes 30 October 2018