Vija Celmins

Concentric Bearings D

About this artwork

The 'Concentric Bearings' prints form an important series which Celmins produced with the Gemini G. E. L. print workshop in Los Angeles. The series explores different images of 'turning space'. 'Concentric Bearings D' contains an image of a falling plane, Celmins's own image of stars turning in the night sky and a rotary device taken from Marcel Duchamp’s 'Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics) 1920'. Duchamp’s machine produced optical illusions. Celmins drew Duchamp’s rotary device from a photograph and then transferred it to the plate using photogravure. The image of the plane was particularly poignant for Celmins who spent her childhood in Latvia and Germany in the late 1930s and 1940s.

  • title:
    Concentric Bearings D
  • accession number:
    AR00470
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  • materials:
    Mezzotint, aquatint and drypoint on paper
  • date created:
    1985
  • measurements:
    left image: 11.90 x 9.40 cm; centre image: 20.80 x 13.80 cm; right image: 24.10 x 17.90 cm (paper 45.70 x 56.70 cm) (framed: 49.80 x 61.10 x 3.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    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
  • copyright:
    © Vija Celmins.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins