Vija Celmins

Night Sky # 18

About this artwork

Celmins has explained that her drawings of galaxies stem from a love of exploring "the blackness of the pencil". Based on photographs, these intense monochromatic images of the night sky focus on small individual marks in the context of vastness. Recording a particular human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is momentary, ephemeral and frozen in time, the drawings have a fragile appearance. Celmins explores such subjects as the night sky in series of images in order to exploit the distinct characteristics of a variety of media. In this drawing, the charcoal ground has a dark opacity that contains endless variations. Celmins used an eraser to bring out the stars in the night sky.

  • title:
    Night Sky # 18
  • accession number:
    AL00178
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  • materials:
    Charcoal on paper
  • date created:
    1998
  • measurements:
    50.70 x 58.40 cm (framed: 61.50 x 69.40 x 3.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright:
    © Vija Celmins.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins