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Vija Celmins (American/Latvian, b.1938)
LOT ID: 79147
Jupiter Moon - Constellation, 1983

Etching / Engraving, Mezzotint, Soft ground
10.75 х 7.5 in. (27.3 x 19.05 cm.)
Signed, and numbered below the plate/image area, left side, recto, edition number "45/48" and on right side "V. Celmins".
Publisher's chopmark on lower right corner.
Print/Casting Year 1983
Edition 45/48
Foundry/Publisher Gemini GEL
Lot description
Image size-overall: 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
Sheet size: 23 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches

Vija Celmins began working with print publisher Gemini GEL, Los Angeles, CA, in the early 1980s. The fruits of this collaborative relationship explored the depths of the artist's pursuit of dual imagery composition. "Jupiter Moon - Constellation" is a fine example of a strong juxtaposition found in the softer rich black mezzotint plate of the upper image and the detailed hard line etching found in the bottom image. A lovely addition to the lower plate are two subtle etched lines making a double border surrounding the image of an inverse constellation/galaxy (ie black stars on white ground). Prints from this edition are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in the Gemini GEL archives. This print is in excellent condition.

Vija Celmins (B. 1938, Riga, Latvia) is a contemporary printmaker, painter, and sculptor known for her contemplative works inspired by views of the sea, desert, and star constellations. Celmins has a highly attuned sense of detail with her work, creating elegant renderings of spider webs, galaxies, and natural landscapes and working for months on a single image. Celmins has received numerous awards over the course of her career including the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award (2000-2001), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art (1996), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1980), among others. Numerous retrospectives have been held for Celmins at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), and Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA).

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)

Frame: 28.25 x 20.25 inches (71.75 x 51.43cm) contemporary face, white rub finish, plexi glazing with OP3 and UV filtering, stretcher at back and splined corners. Condition of frame is good aside from two small splits in upper right and lower right corners.
Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
  • Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
  • Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
  • Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
  • Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
  • Jupiter Moon - Constellation by Vija Celmins
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