New York

Vija Celmins

David McKee, Inc.

Despite its dour, reserved appearance I have come to understand Vija Celmins’ work as celebratory, as an intense, specific recreation of the joys of seeing. The graphite-on-paper drawings, painted cast-bronze rocks, and prints of this show confirm my feeling. The drawings, views in various scopes of phenomena in outer space, extend Celmins’ concerns of the last decade or so. Products of protracted, pointillist labor, they radiate the energies they ostensibly depict. The painted bronzes, each shown paired with a found rock which it exactingly duplicates, bring sight back to earth in an abrupt reversal of gaze. In Celmins’ hands the indistinct, mundane rocks assume the grandeur of the unimaginably faraway constellations, while their close physical origins reinforce the seamlessness of art and life in her work. These are Celmins’ first three-dimensional works in a long time, They particularize

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