VIJA CELMINS "OCEAN WITH CROSS #1", 2005
Born in Riga, Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins’ is one of the most accomplished and revered living American artists. Her impressive and dynamic oeuvre resists merging with any art-historical "ism" or school. Celmins established her practice in the 1960s in Los Angeles and was one of few women who were recognized in the LA art scene during that time. And while she is some times associated with LA artists, she has been based in New York City for several decades.
Celmins is best known for her intricate and precise depictions of ocean surfaces, which she began exploring in the mid-1960s, and continued to do via several mediums including graphite, painting and printmaking. Throughout Celmins' work, we see a patient and obsessive exploration of similar motifs from nature; luminous oceans, textured deserts, dense clouds, lunar landscapes, night skies and spiderwebs feature almost exclusively across her oeuvre, regardless of medium.
This work "Ocean with Cross #1" is an iconic example of Celmins' practice. As such it is highly sought-after on the secondary market. Deservingly, Celmins is one of the most valuable living American artists (regardless of gender!) She is particularly well-represented in museum collections in North America and internationally.
Currently a major retrospective of her work is currently on display at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Met Breuer) after having stops at the AGO (Toronto) and the SFMoMA.
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Untitled ("Ocean with Cross #1")
Screen print on wove paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 108
24"H 28.5"W (work)
29.5"H 33.5"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
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