Vija Celmins

Black and White Diptych

About this artwork

Two opposing images are brought together in 'Black and White Diptych', a mezzotint print layered with aquatint. Both parts of the diptych portray a star-filled night sky, with one a reverse image where the white field of sky is peppered with black stars. Celmins made her first negative night sky painting in 2000 and has subsequently made numerous prints like this one, depicting the same subject. Photographs are an important source of imagery for Celmins’s paintings and works on paper, and the oppositional structure of this diptych brings to mind the positive and negative aspects of the photographic printing process.

  • title:
    Black and White Diptych
  • accession number:
    AL00337
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  • materials:
    Mezzotint with aquatint
  • date created:
    2010
  • measurements:
    Image size: 30.00 x 42.00 cm; paper: 51.00 x 59.00 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • copyright:
    © Vija Celmins.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins