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  • Vija Celmins: Desert, Sea, and Stars

    Museum Ludwig
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    April 15–July 17

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    September 8–January 3

    Curated by Julia Friedrich

    Featuring some seventy paintings, drawings, and prints from the past forty years, this exhibition takes place not far from where the Riga-born artist remembers her creative life beginning, her family having fled to West Germany (before emigrating to the US) in advance of the Soviet occupation of Latvia when she was still a child. Desert, sea, and stars have long been Celmins’s mainstays; the show will accordingly be organized around these subjects. Such boundless categories hazard unrepresentability, but through graphic exactitude and meticulous trompe l’oeil, desert floors are rendered particular, ocean waves proximate, attesting to this septuagenarian’s great achievement—to have turned the infinite into something intimate, the nonspecific into a territory indisputably her own.