The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is temporarily closed.
To comply with state guidance, public access to campus is limited, including to our outdoor art.
Click here for additional information related to the museums’ response to Covid-19.
Barrier, 1985-1986
zoom enabled


Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

Hosted by art historian and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, the micro-video series focuses on a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist.

Kim spoke with artist Davina Semo about Vija Celmins’ Barrier.

Explore the Up Close Series


“The images are not from observations of nature, but are ’found images’ from old magazines, books, and photos. Thus they are already flattened and a step removed from nature. My work lies between intimacy and distance.”*

-Vija Celmins

*Vija Celmins, Vija Celmins ARTIST ROOMS Tate Britain Display,, accessed 1 April 2014.