About this artwork

Celmins's intense monochromatic images, 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 camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins's serial exploration of her subjects, including spider webs, allows the artist to exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses. This negative image of the night sky turns the sky white and star formations are transformed into black markings.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Vija CelminsAmerican (born 1938)
  • title:
    Night Sky 1 Reversed
  • date created:
    2002
  • materials:
    Photo-etching, aquatint and drypoint on paper
  • measurements:
    39.20 x 48.50 cm; platemark: 40.20 x 49.40 cm (paper 53.40 x 62.30 cm) (framed: 57.20 x 66.10 x 3.70 cm)
  • object type:
  • 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
  • accession number:
    AR00474
  • gallery:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins