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New York artist Vija Celmins has made many images of the night sky--paintings, drawings and prints of gorgeous richness. In The Stars, she and her collaborator, the essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger, devote an artist's book to the theme. Celmins created three celestial prints for the project, which she also designed. One print, inspired by the worn binding of an ear ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by Museum of Modern Art (first published October 1st 2005)
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Steve
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Less expensive reprint of the MOMA limited edition "art book". Yes, could use more art, and the added translations feel like "filler". But still love this essay/poem, and the art work associated with it here. Probably just for fans of the writer and/or artist. What is there is beautiful - but do wish there was more to it.
Michael Vagnetti
Nov 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm a Celmins captivee, but this reeks of a MoMA board's merchandising program. Of the three artworks, one is slathered as cover; the other two are vellum inserts, stars in negative, that land with a flat visual thud. The poem is passable but the translations into world music feel like so much filler. An artist's book that could be so much more. The worst part would be if they used the proceeds to buy Elizabeth Peytons.
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American painter, sculptor, object-maker and draughtswoman, of Latvian birth. In 1944 her family fled to eastern Germany, eventually settling near Esslingen am Neckar (Baden-Württemberg) in the west. In 1948 they moved to the USA, staying briefly in New York before resettling in Indianapolis. Celmins studied painting at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis (1955–62) and regularly visited ...more

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“The stars: what are they?

They are chunks of ice reflecting the sun;
they are lights afloat on the waters beyond the transparent dome;
they are nails nailed to the sky;
they are holes in the great curtain between us and the sea of light;
they are holes in the hard shell that protects us from the inferno beyond
they are the daughters of the sun;
they are the messengers of the gods;
they are shaped like wheels and are condensations of air with flames
roaring through the spaces between the spokes;
they sit in little chairs;
they are strewn across the sky;
they run errands for lovers…”
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