Untitled Portfolio: Galaxy
© Vija Celmins

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Untitled Portfolio: Galaxy 1975
  • Artist Rooms
Celmins's intense monochromatic images of the night sky, based on photographs, focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness. The images seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins's serial exploration of her subjects, including the night sky, allows the artist to exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses. 'Galaxy' is one of four lithographs from the 'Untitled Portfolio' which also includes: 'Untitled (Desert, Ocean & Sky)'.

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A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.


An image made with a single colour.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Lithograph, Monochrome, Portfolio


  • Acc. No. AR00605
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 31.70 x 41.70 cm (paper 41.40 x 51.10 cm) (framed: 45.20 x 54.80 x 3.70 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008