Sean Scully, Landlines and other recent works
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
21 April – 26 August 2018
Sean Scully solo exhibition featuring works from the 'Landline' series.
Sean Scully is considered to be one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Born in Dublin and raised in London, he now lives between New York and Germany. Appropriately, therefore, Scully’s art is thoroughly international in perspective, drawing on the diverse historical and cultural influences of places that, at different times, have been profoundly important to him. He has taken inspiration from many cherished, varied elements of European culture (ranging from the harmonic ideals of ancient Greek architecture to the vernacular design of stone walls in rural Ireland) but he has also successfully responded to – and built on – the legacy of abstraction in the United States. Scully’s commanding, internationally recognizable style of abstract art – based on repeating and steadily adapting arrangements of discretely nuanced blocks of colour – combines considerable painterly drama with great visual delicacy. It is an art of tremendous vigour: Scully is a forceful, physical artist, who creates intentionally monumental spaces. But it is also an art of acute concentration and care: his work involves an ongoing negotiation between the monumental and the intimate.
Central to the success of his work, therefore, is a tension between strictly ordered, ‘objective’ zones of powerful colour and a looser, more subjective ‘edge’: each of the vital boundary lines of each defined, resonant stripe or square in a Scully painting has a distinct quality – and these variations create a plurality of painterly incident and accident within an apparently systematic arrangement. Scully’s work is noted for its impressively controlled abstract power, but at the heart of each rigorously composed work is a near-infinite number of expressive, emotional fluctuations. As he has said of abstraction more generally, this is a form of art that “was meant to embody deep emotion. I believe that’s its job, in the history of art.”
Scully's many worldwide solo exhibitions include the Met Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf, the Haus Der Kunst, Munich and IVAM, Valencia; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Scully is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery, Washington, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, the Tate Gallery, London, the Louisiana, Denmark, the Reina Sofia, Madrid, and in many other private and public collections worldwide.
Current and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Vita Duplex, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (24 March – 5 August); Landlines and other recent works, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (21 April – 26 August); Sean Scully: 1970, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (14 July – 14 October); Landline, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA (12 September 2018 – 3 February 2019); Inside Out, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (29 September 2018 – 6 January 2019) and Kerlin Gallery (October – November 2018).
Recent solo exhibitions include San Cristóbal, Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City; Facing East, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, travelling to State Russian Museum – Marble Palace,
St Petersburg, Russia; Resistance and Persistence, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (both 2016) and Hubei Museum of Art
(10 January – 12 March 2017); Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully 1964–2014,
Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, travelling to CAFA, Beijing (2014–15); Sean Scully – Figure/Abstract, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, travelling to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2014–15); a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Ireland; Different Places, Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence; Land Sea, part of the 56th Venice Biennale; Sean Scully – Malerei als Weltaneignung, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria and Sean Scully 1974–2015, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paolo, Brazil, all 2015. Scully celebrated his 70th birthday in June 2015 by unveiling a new permanent site-specific installation at the world-famous Romanesque chapel Santa Cecília de Montserrat, near Barcelona.
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
21 April – 26 August 2018
Sean Scully solo exhibition featuring works from the 'Landline' series.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
25 March – 5 August 2018
Sean Scully solo exhibition.
Edward Hopper House, Nyack
9 March – 27 May 2018
Sean Scully solo exhibition, presenting eight paintings from the Doric series.
The State Russian Museum / The Marble Palace, St Petersburgh, Russia
3 March — 9 May 2018
Sean Scully solo exhibition, exhibiting works from the late 1960s to the present day.
Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
10 February – 26 May 2018
Sean Scully retrospective presented across the Laing Art Gallery and the Hatton Gallery.
Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City
7 February – 24 March 2018
Solo exhibition in the iconic Luis Barrágan-designed equestrian complex.
MAMM – Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
3 November – 10 December 2017
Solo exhibition curated by Olga Sviblova.
22 July, 2.30pm
Sean Scully is to give a reading from his book of collected writings, Inner, at Hodges Figgis in Dublin.
Co-organised with Holly's Gallery
Park is an exhibition across two venues in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Holly's Gallery, Guangzhou, 15 March – 16 April
G/F, 218 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 20–25 March
Artists: Liam Gillick, Callum Innes, Merlin James, Liu Ke, Isabel Nolan, Sean Scully, Liliane Tomasko, Zhou Li
Hubei Museum of Art, Hubei, China
10 January – 12 March 2017
Sean Scully's major solo exhibition Resistance and Persistence continues its tour of China, opening at Hubei Museum of Art on 10 January.
29 September — 22 January
Curated by Ulrich Bischoff. Exhibiting artists: Alexander Archipenko, Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, Kazimir Malevich, August Macke, Gino Severini en dialogue avec David Claerbout, Marlene Dumas, William Forsythe, Gerhard Richter, Sean Scully and Luc Tuymans.
Centro Cultural Bancaja, Valencia, Spain
16 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
Two-person exhibition curated by Javier Molins.
Resistance and Persistence, Guangdong Museum of Art, Ghangzhou, China
6 September – 9 October 2016
Sean Scully's major solo exhibition Resistance and Persistence continues its tour of China, opening at Guangdong Museum of Art on 6 September.
Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China
8 April – 8 May 2016
Sean Scully returns to China in April with a new major touring exhibition, Resistance and Persistance. Starting at Art Museum of Nanijng University of the Arts, the exhibition will go on to visit Guangdong Museum of Art and Hubei Museum of Art, lasting for one year in total.
Harper's BAZAAR ART China
Sean Scully has been awarded 'International Artist of the Year' by Harper's BAZAAR ART China.
Santa Cecília de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain
30 June 2015
On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Sean Scully will unveil a new 'intervention' the Romanesque chapel Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, near Barcelona, Spain. The intervention consists of six large murals and eight stained-glass paintings.
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
27 June – 12 September 2015
Crawford Art Gallery presents Figure / Abstract, a major exhibition by the internationally celebrated artist Seán Scully. Figure / Abstract is Scully's first ever museum show in Cork and coincides with his seventieth birthday on June 30. Figure / Abstract will feature works from 1964 to the present, most of which have never been exhibited before.
Palazzo Falier, Venice, Italy
9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale exhibition
Sean Scully presents Land Sea, part of the official programme of the 56th Venice Biennale, in the historic Palazzo Falier.
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
9 May – 20 September 2015
Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland marks the artist’s 70th birthday. This exhibition charts the two decades – the 1980s and 1990s – in which Scully established his international reputation.
Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
1 March 2015 – 3 May 2015
The exhibition in Rostock shows newer as well as less-known works illustrating Scully’s development from figurative to abstract art.
Follow the heart – The Art of Sean Scully 1964 – 2014
24 November 2014 – 25 January 2015
Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China
The first exhibition by a Western abstract artist in China, this important survey includes over 100 works spanning Scully’s career to date. Featuring key pieces on loan from European and American public and private collections, the exhibition also showcases a new monumental corten steel sculpture entitled China piled up.
Follow the heart – The Art of Sean Scully 1964 – 2014 will tour to Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 13 March - 23 April 2015.
31 August - 16 November 2014
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz
Almost no other artists have been so strongly influenced by their encounters with contemporary abstract paintings as Sean Scully (b.1945 in Dublin). For the first time, a museum presentation will be establishing a dialogue between the figurative works of his early oeuvre and his abstract works.
Sean Scully Encounters: A New Master among Old Masters
30 May - 31 August 2014
Christ Church, Oxford, UK
In Sean Scully Encounters: A New Master among Old Masters, the artist's first exhibition in Oxford, eleven paintings and thirty-three prints by Scully will be on view.
Change and Horizontals
14 March - 9 June 2013
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome presents the third stage of this major transcontinental tour, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals, an intensely focused survey comprising of acrylic, ink, graphite and masking-tape drawings from 1974-75 - presented together for the first time in over 30 years.
Passages / Impressions / Surfaces
16 February 2013
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
The Henry is pleased to present a focused exhibition of works by the celebrated artist Sean Scully with a presentation of the artist’s photographic Harris and Lewis Shacks portfolio, from the museum’s permanent collection and October a large scale oil painting from the same period.
Window to the World
25 January 2013
Fondation l'Hermitage Lausanne
Sean Scully and Paul Winstanley are amongst the highly acclaimed artists presenting work in this exhibition, 'Window to the World' at Fondation de l'Hermitage Lausanne, Switzerland until 20 May 2013.
Notations: Sean Scully
28 July 2012 - 17 February 2013
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Notations: Sean Scully features two major works by this internationally acclaimed artist that were recently donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
26 July 2012 - 28 October 2012
IVAM - Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia
IVAM is pleased to present the second leg of 'Doric', a series of monumental sized paintings that the artist has produced since 2008 until now, and in addition to that a series of watercolour paintings created in Greece during the 1980s.
Change and Horizontals
02 March 2012 - 13 July 2012
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
For the second stage of its transcontinental tour, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals opens in Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK, from March 2-July 13, 2012, then travels to Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome, from March 14–June 9, 2013 and The Drawing Center, New York, from September 26–November 10, 2013.
SEAN SCULLY in conversation with David Carrier
5 March 2018
"Abstraction … has a metaphorical, insinuating power that is difficult to edit or control. In my Wall of Light paintings I am making a wall that is full of shifting relationships, that appear and disappear."—Sean Scully, as told to David CarrierVisit Website
Sean Scully: Facing East
13 November 2017
All human life is defined by boundaries—from the garden fence to the border between states. Boundaries tell us who we are. Me and not you or them. They divide the physical from the metaphysical, one side of the river from the other. Sometimes they involve choice. Other times war. Sometimes they are permeable. On other occasions rigid. We create them for our physical safety and, occasionally, we are brave enough to let them dissolve when we want to get close to others either personally or politically.—Sue HubbardVisit Website
To Understand It Is to Own It: Sean Scully on Collecting
5 September 2017
The walls of Sean Scully’s art studio in this quiet hamlet are lined with paintings for which he is famous — bars and blocks in muscular, vibrating hues — and others for which he is not: portraits of his son Oisín, now 8, at play on a beach in Eleuthera, the Bahamas [...]Visit Website
The artist who earned his stripes
30 August 2017
Mark Rothko observed: ‘There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.’ Scully’s paintings are about something. He made several about the loss of his first son. One of them, Paul, is in the Tate. ‘When I got a house in London it was the first painting I made,’ he says, ‘because I felt closer to him where he died. The centre of it is in a sense ravaged. It turns in on itself. They are meant to convey powerful emotions, whereas a lot of abstraction tends to be decorative.Visit Website
Sean Scully, Wall of Light Cubed
1 May 2017
Increasingly, the Irish-born, New York-based Sean Scully is viewed as one of the most gifted artists of his generation. Likely best known for the painting series “Wall of Light,” Scully has practiced a variation on the New York School, giving it a European sadness as well as continuing the American penchant for expressiveness. His work has always admirably addressed feeling, while additionally pushing forward an idiom notable for its intuitive hand.Visit Website
The Obama Family's Stylish Private World Inside the White House
1 November 2016
It is the art that rings the most clarion bell of modernity in the Obama White House. With many works borrowed from august Washington repositories—the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn and Smithsonian museums—the remarkable assortment includes pieces by contemporary artists Glenn Ligon, Sean Scully, Robert Mangold, and Pat Steir, as well as by Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Sam Francis, and Hans Hofmann.Visit Website
Sean Scully at New York’s Mnuchin Gallery
9 September 2016
New York plays host this month to a rare treat: an exhibition of multipanel works ($350,000-$1.6m) by Irish-born artist Sean Scully, many previously never shown in public, that exemplify his work in post-minimalist abstraction.Visit Website
Building blocks: How Sean Scully conquered China
7 April 2016
Twice-nominated for the Turner Prize, the Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully forged his career with bold blocks of colour. After a hugely successful 2015 exhibition in China, Scully is returning to the country with a new collection, Resistance and Persistence. WILLIAM COOK catches up with the artist to talk about art, China, his former student Ai Weiwei, and a troubled childhood.Visit Website
First He Takes Manhattan: Sean Scully Prepares for Global Domination with Shows In New York, Venice, and São Paulo
8 April 2015
My life is like some sort of fairy story sometimes,” Sean Scully said, sitting in a paint-covered chair in his Chelsea studio. “I can’t really believe it.” He was in a buoyant mood, showing photos on his iPhone of his five-year-old son and discussing his upcoming exhibitions—a retrospective in São Paulo and another in Neuhaus, Austria, both opening this month, as well as an upcoming show at Palazzo Falier in Venice, plus a “kick-ass museum” of his work in Barcelona. First would come a show at New York’s Cheim & Read gallery, nearby his studio, where the walls when I visited held a few works for the exhibition, tall paintings with meaty horizontal bands of color, just barely dry. They are instantly recognizable as Scully’s, but they’re warmer and more outgoing than usual.Visit Website
5 April 2013
The Irish Times
The Hugh Lane has built a larger exhibition around them, a really fine, extensive show, in fact, extending back to Scully’s earlier works and drawing on the gallery’s own significant holdings. The Doric paintings are monumental, like walls composed of massive blocks of stone, grey on grey. They are big, physical presences.
- Aidan DunneDownload PDF
8 May 2012
Art that references the present while managing to transcend it can be both immediate in effect and leave a lasting impression, like Sean Scully’s "Doric" painting series, which is being shown internationally for the first time at the Benaki Museum in Athens. The six featured paintings from the nine in the so- called "Doric" series, which Scully began in 2008, are partly a response to the financial crisis that has spread throughout the Western world and is particularly acute in Greece. They also offer a more profound reflection of the Western values of humanism, moderation, and humility that our culture of excess seems to have abandoned.
- Alexandra Fay KoroxenidisDownload PDF Visit Website
14 January 2007
The Brooklyn Rail
Sean Scully has been making unfashionably large, abstract oil paintings for over twenty years. His current exhibition, Wall of Light, is no exception. Begun in 1998, the paintings range in size from the imposingly large to the intimately small, but rarely anything in between (with the exception of several watercolors and prints). The centerpiece of the show, filling the Metropolitan Museum’s entire Mezzanine Gallery, is a set of eighteen monumental oil paintings.
- Craig OlsonDownload PDF Visit Website