Vija Celmins

Concentric Bearings C

About this artwork

Celmins began experimenting with double-image prints following such double-image drawings as 'Untitled (Desert-Galaxy)' (1974), also in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Celmins combined images from photographs she had collected which were particularly significant to her. 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 C' contains an image of a falling plane placed between Celmins's images of stars turning in the night sky. The image of the plane was particularly poignant for Celmins who spent her childhood in Latvia and Germany in the late 1930s and 1940s.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Concentric Bearings C
  • date created:
    1984
  • materials:
    Aquatint, drypoint and mezzotint on paper
  • measurements:
    left image: 12.50 x 11.10 cm, central image: 11.80 x 9.30 cm, right image: 20.70 x 13.60 cm; left platemark: 12.60 x 11.10 cm, central platemark: 12.00 x 9.50 cm, right platemark: 20.80 x 13.70 cm (paper 51.30 x 51.10 cm) (framed: 54.80 x 54.00 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:
    AR00483
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins