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image credit: Vija Celmins, ‘Jupiter Moon – Constellation’ 1983

This very special exhibition will bring the eminent ARTIST ROOMS collection to Uist for the first time.

Born in Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins is best known for her intricate, monochromatic drawings of a select range of subjects.  In 1966 she began to use photographs as the subject for her works, creating what she described as ‘impossible images’, which remind us of the complexity of the simplest things. The images on loan explore her meticulous renderings of the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky and her fascination with the microscopic detail of a spider’s web. With a slow, painstaking approach, some of these works take up to a year to complete.

ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England, the Art Fund, and in Scotland, Creative Scotland, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK.  ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through the d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Hear Vija Celmins, Anthony d’Offay and Emma Nicolson, Broad Reach Curator, in conversation in Taigh Chearsabhagh here


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