Posts Tagged “Vija Celmins”

Five on Transition

Jarrett Earnest: Three Waves

04.15.2014  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Ocean waves are animated by celestial forces: pull of the moon, wind churned by the sun. Vija Celmins’s Untitled (Ocean) (1977) is a drawing not only of water, but of breeze and sunlight, too — a vignette of our planetary arrangement.

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Five on Transition

Christian Nagler: Silicon Spring

04.15.2014  |  By
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Let’s think about the desert. Place where not much seems to be happening. But we know there’s actually a lot going on, right? Life is hiding, blinking, doing sweet push-ups in the shade, hot sap pulling beneath slow oceans of crust.

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Collection Rotation: Elizabeth Sims

10.07.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for their work — a “constellation of their genius.” Today, please welcome Elizabeth Sims. To find her map, follow the footnote citations.

Much of my work lately has begun at the point of acceptance... More

Collection Rotation: Pablo Guardiola

09.09.2013  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

The return of our regular feature Collection Rotation, in which a guest organizes a mini “exhibition” from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniq... More

SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Chris Finley on Vija Celmins

03.07.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA Art Awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30pm an artist talks about something on view. Last week, Chris Finley (1998 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmin’s Blackboard Tableau #1 :

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SECA 50th Anniversary Artist on Artist Talks: Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins

02.08.2012  |  By
Filed under: One on One

In conjunction with Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, we’ve restyled our weekly in-gallery talks with a superb lineup of past SECA awardees. Each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. an artist talks about something on view. Last week Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) talked about Vija Celmins’s  Blackboard Tableau #1:

Squeak Carnwath on Vija Celmins’s Blackboard Tableau #1. Carnwath mentions Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés and Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World.

Squeak Carnwath (1980 SECA Art Award) received... More

Collection Rotation: Anne Ray

01.17.2012  |  By
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Our regular feature, Collection Rotation. Each month someone special organizes a mini “exhibition” from our collection works online. Today, please welcome writer and editor Anne Ray.

For a variety of reasons — the holiday season, the state of the world, the recent arrival of my third child — I currently find myself drawn to works th... More

Brain Drain

09.22.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Accolades for smart, creative people are rarely as glamorous or lucrative as the MacArthurs. I always get a little thrill when the annual “genius awards” are announced, as the idea of an artist getting five hundred grand is a wonderful thing, something akin to winning Best Picture at the Oscars. There’s pleasure even in begrudging a ... More

Five Questions: James Williams

05.03.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests.  James Williams is senior graphic designer at SFMOMA, currently acting head of graphic design. He has has won many awards for his work at SFMOMA and elsewhere, including First Prize in the 2009 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition for Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840... More