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Vija Celmins

Pink Pearl Eraser

Property from a Private Boston Collection

Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins

Pink Pearl Eraser

Pink Pearl Eraser

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Property from a Private Boston Collection

Vija Celmins

b. 1938

Pink Pearl Eraser


acrylic on balsa wood

6¾ by 18½ by 3 in.

17.1 by 47 by 7.6 cm.

Executed in 1966-67, this work is 1 of 5 unique variants. 

This work is in very good condition overall. Please contact contemporarycuratedny@sothebys.com for the professional condition report prepared by New York Art Conservation.



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Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist in 1971)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Lane Relyea, Robert Gober, Briony Fer, eds., Vija Celmins, London, 2004, p. 62 (another example illustrated)
Los Angeles, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Actual Size: An Exhibition of Small Paintings and Sculpture, September - October 1985, (another example exhibited)
Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; Seattle, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vija Celmins, 1992 - 1994, p. 27, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Houston, The Menil Collection; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966, November 2010 - June 2011, pp. 18-19, illustrated, (another example exhibited)
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Pacific Standard Time, Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center, 2011 - 2012, (another example exhibited)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory, December 2018 - January 2020, pp. 42-43, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)