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NY |Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory

October 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Image: Vija Celmins, Untitled (Big Sea #1), 1969. Graphite on acrylic ground on paper. © Vija Celmins, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo © McKee Gallery, New York

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Join ArtTable NY for a curatorial walk through of “Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory” at the Met Breuer, New York City, with Meredith Brown, Research Associate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

This retrospective will provide a comprehensive view of Vija Celmins’s career through a selection of approximately 120 works—from her earliest paintings made in Los Angeles in the 1960s to objects completed in New York in the last five years.

Throughout an accomplished career that spans more than fifty years, Celmins has sustained a practice of deep focus and extraordinary skill in a wide range of media. Celmins bases her exquisitely wrought paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints on the world around us—sometimes through direct observation, but more often mediated by photography. Whether her sources are quotidian objects from her first studio in Venice, California, photographs of the Pacific Ocean taken at the local pier, or reproductions from newspapers, magazines, scientific exploration and inquiry, the resulting work possesses a magical verisimilitude.

Meredith A. Brown first joined the department as the 2013–14 Chester Dale Senior Fellow, conducting research for a book project on feminist politics and American art institutions in the 1970s. In her current role, she has worked on various exhibitions of contemporary art, including The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe (2015), Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016), Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space (2017), Range: Experiments in New York, 1961–2007 (2017), David Hockney (2017), Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 (2018) and Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy (2018). She also researches art for acquisition. A graduate of Stanford University, Meredith received her MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and previously worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Thank you to Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleischman Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art for helping organize this program. 


October 15, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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ArtTable New York
212 343 1735 Ext. 13


The MET Breuer
945 Madison Avenue
New York, 10021 United States
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