Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964–1966

Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964–1966
Author: Franklin Sirmans and Michelle White
Publisher: Menil Foundation
Language: English
Pages: 64
Size: 23.5 x 15.5 cm
Weight: 342 g
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780300166125
Availability: In stock
Price: €22.00
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This small, intimately scaled book is the first to concentrate on the compelling early work of Vija Celmins (b. 1938). The artist is best known for her intricate representations of ocean waves, night skies, desert floors, and spider webs. Some of her first subjects, however, were warplanes, smoking guns, and other dangers inspired by images from library books, magazines, and television. In the mid 1960s, Pop Art was making its debut on the West Coast, artists in Los Angeles were developing an entirely new “cool school” language, modern abstract painting had lost its dominance, and the United States was fighting an often-televised war in Vietnam. Produced in a fertile intellectual and political period in California, Celmins’s paintings are a reflection of her environment and personal history.