A Drawings Retrospective
January 28, 2007 - April 22, 2007
- Vija Celmins Untitled (Big Sea #1) 1969 Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Private Collection, New York.
- Vija Celmins Hiroshima 1968 Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Collection of Leta and Mel Ramos.
- Vija Celmins Letter 1968 Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Collection of the artist.
- Vija Celmins Clipping with Pistol 1968 Graphite on acrylic ground. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fractional and promised gift of Edward R. Broida.
- Vija Celmins Untitled (Desert-Galaxy) 1974 Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Collection of the artist.
- Vija Celmins Untitled (Coma Berenices) 1974 Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Collection of Riko Mizuno, Los Angeles.
- Vija Celmins Untitled #10 1994-1995 Charcoal on paper. Collection of McKee Gallery, New York.
- Vija Celmins Web #1 1998 Charcoal on paper. Collection of Anthony d’Offay, London.
- Vija Celmins Web #5 1999 Charcoal on paper. Collection of McKee Gallery, New York.
About the Exhibition
The Hammer Museum is the only American venue for the major traveling exhibition Vija Celmins: A Drawings Retrospective. This comprehensive examination of Celmins's drawings dating from the mid-1960s to the present features approximately 70 works on paper from all stages of the artist's career. Notable for its inclusion of many seminal, but rarely-exhibited, works by one of the most important artists of the postwar generation, the exhibition will include exemplars of Celmins's most important series, including her delicate renderings of lunar, ocean, and desert surfaces as well as clouds, galaxies, and nocturnal skies. Depicted with exquisite, mesmerizing detail, her works often present a spatial ambiguity that challenges notions of realism while engaging with larger questions of perception and knowledge.
Vija Celmins: A Drawings Retrospective has been organized by Jonas Storsve, Curator at the Centre Pompidou, Museé national d'art moderne, Paris, where was on view October 25, 2006, through January 8, 2007, under the title Vija Celmins, l’Oeuvre dessiné. This exhibition was organized at the Hammer Museum by Gary Garrels, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs.
The Hammer Museum's presentation is made possible by a generous gift from Susan and Larry Marx with additional support from Sotheby's and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.