In recent decades, Vija Celmins’s work has returned to earlier motifs, such as the ocean and stones, and has created new paintings based on found objects. Depictions of objects in her studio—close-ups of a shell fragment or a piece of porcelain—recall her early still lifes, but now the images extend to the edges of her canvases, like her ocean and night-sky compositions, filling the frames to bring objects and painting together.
Artwork: Vija Celmins, (American, b. 1938, Riga, Latvia) | Shell | 2009–10 | Oil on canvas | © Vija Celmins. Photo: courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. #MetVijaCelmins #MetModern #VijaCelmins #MetBreuer