Private Collection, courtesy Hauser and Wirth. © 2011 Vija Celmins
Gun with Hand #1 (1964; oil on canvas, 24.5×34.5) by Vija Celmins.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Edward R. Broida in honor of John Elderfield.
© 2011 Vija Celmins
The images that first grounded Vija Celmins’ interest as a
young artist in Los Angeles during the early 1960s are characterized by themes
such as crashing warplanes, smoking handguns and other images of death and
disaster influenced by the violence of the era—the war in Vietnam, social
change, political assassinations, and the mass media that represented it—newspapers, magazines and television.
March 13 through June 5, 2011, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents “Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966.”
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