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Vija Celmins, Comet, 1991 Skowhegan Suite 1992

A balance between abstraction and photo-realism the woodcut print is of a star field composed of white round dots in various sizes. It is meticulously executed against a black background. Visible at the left mid section the white horizontal line of a comet passes. Characteristic of Celmin’s work, there is no reference point: no horizon, depth of field, edge or landmarks. The location, constellation, or scientific is unknown - there is no information imparted.

Vija Celmins
Vija Celmins is an important[1][2] Latvian-American visual artist best known for photo-realistic paintings and drawings of natural environments and phenomena such as the ocean, spider webs, star fields, and rocks. Her earlier work included pop sculptures and monochromatic representational paintings. Based in New York City, she has been the subject of over forty solo exhibitions since 1965, and major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Comet, 1991 Skowhegan Suite 1992, 1991
14 × 16 in. (35.6 × 40.6 cm)
Gift of Gus Foster