Spider Web, 2009 - Vija Celmins
About the Work
About Spider Web
This print depicts a spider web, one of Celmins's signature subjects, which she has represented in various media, including charcoal, oil paint, and multiple printmaking techniques. Using shades of black, white, and grey, she meticulously captures the intricacy and ...Read More
This print depicts a spider web, one of Celmins's signature subjects, which she has represented in various media, including charcoal, oil paint, and multiple printmaking techniques. Using shades of black, white, and grey, she meticulously captures the intricacy and delicacy of these structures. "Maybe I identify with the spider, the artist has said. "I'm the kind of person who works on something forever and then works on the same image again the next day."Read Less
About the Artist
About Vija Celmins
In addition to her paintings and works on paper, Celmins has also created painted trompe l'oeil sculptures: in the late 1960s, she replicated common objects, such as pencil stubs, in painted wood. Later, she began exhibiting her copies alongside the actual objects upon which they had been based, as in one of her most iconic three-dimensional works, To Fix the Image in Memory (1977—82), for which Celmins made bronze casts of eleven stones she found in New Mexico and painted them so as to be indistinguishable from the originals. As the artist has noted, "I developed this desire to try and put [the stones] into an art context. Sort of mocking art in a way, but also to affirm the act of making: the act of looking and making as a primal act of art."
Celmins's work has been the subject of several major exhibitions internationally, including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Institute of Contemporary Art London, the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Centre Pompidou.
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