Sean Scully

Sean Scully 
Doric Blue Blue 2016
oil on linen
71.1 x 81.3 cm / 28 x 32 in   
Sean Scully 
Doric Grey Pink 2016
oil on linen
71.1 x 81.3 cm / 28 x 32 in   
Sean Scully 
Wall Yellow Pale 2016
oil on copper
70.5 x 82.6 cm / 27.8 x 32.5 in

Sean Scully, Church of Santa Cecília de Montserrat, permanent installation Barcelona, Spain 2015

Sean Scully: Follow the Heart, 23 November 2014 – 25 January 2015, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Sean Scully
Untitled (Landline)
2015
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in  
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Sean Scully
Landline Red Red
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in  

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Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air
2015
corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
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Sean Scully
Landline Black Line
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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Sean Scully
Landline Green Below
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in  

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Wall of Light Cubed
2007
granite
2000 x 800 x 400 cm / 787.4 x 315 x 157.5 in
Chateau La Coste, Aix en Provence, France

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Sean Scully
Landline Black Blue
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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Sean Scully
Landline Green White
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in  

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Sean Scully
9.20.14
2014
pastel on paper
85.7 x 66.7 x 4.4 cm / 33.7 x 26.3 x 1.7 in

 

Tin Mal 
2010/2011
oil on linen triptych
108 x 144 x 3 in / 274.3 x 365.8 x 7.6 cm each
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Cut Ground Blue Red 
2011
oil on linen
153 x 153 cm / 60.2 x 60.2 in   

 

Cut Ground Red Black Red 
2011
Oil on linen
213.2 x 306 cm / 83.9 x 120.5 in   

 

Cut Ground Blue Pink 
2011
oil on linen
153 x 153 cm / 60.2 x 60.2 in   
 

Girona Cathedral

2011

stained glass

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Wall of Light Blue Yellow Blue 
2010
oil on linen
204 x 178.3 cm / 80.3 x 70.2 in  

 

Wall of Light Last Day 
2009
oil on linen
275 x 366.4 cm / 108.3 x 144.3 in   
 

 

Inis Oirr Vl 
2006
black and white photograph
56.7 x 72.6 cm / 22.3 x 28.6 in   
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Blue Fold

2006

aquatint with sugarlift and spitbite

30 x 34.5 cm / 11.8 x 13.6 in   

Red Fold

2006

aquatint with sugarlift and spitbite

38.1 x 49.5 cm / 15 x 19.5 in  

 

Crann Solise
2003 
Chinese black basalt and Portuguese limestone
320 x 240 x 3200 cm
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Wall of light 10.10.03
2003
watercolour on paper
77 x 56.5 cm / 30.3 x 22.2 in   

 

Wall of Light Yellow 
1999
oil on linen
274 x 335 cm / 107.9 x 131.9 in 
Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art

 

Helen 
1997
oil on canvas
203 x 178 cm / 79.9 x 70.1 in 
 

Breath
1990
oil on linen
182.9 x 182.9 cm / 72 x 72 in  

River

1984

Oil on linen

54 x 72 in / 137.2 x 182.9 cm

The Bather
1983
oil on linen
243.8 x 304.8 cm / 96 x 120 in 

Backs and Fronts
1981
oil on linen and canvas
243.8 x 609.6 cm / 96 x 240 in  

Standing Blue
1980
oil on canvas
213.4 x 71.1 cm / 84 x 28 in  

Sean Scully, Church of Santa Cecília de Montserrat, permanent installation Barcelona, Spain 2015

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The Power of the Avant-Garde: Then and Now, 29 September 2016 – 22 January 2017, BOZAR, Brussels © Cedricverhulst/BOZAR Brussels

Sean Scully: Follow the Heart, 23 November 2014 – 25 January 2015, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

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Sean Scully
Home
Kerlin Gallery
25th June - 29th August 2015

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Sean Scully
Different Places
Château la Coste, France
4th July - 30th September 2015

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Doric

 2012 

IVAM - Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain
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Girona Cathedral

2011

stained glass

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The Sean Scully Room

2006

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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b.1945, Dublin, Ireland.
 
Sean Scully is generally 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.
 
In 2017, Scully's second major Chinese touring exhibiton, Resistance and Persistence, travels to the Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan (10 January – 12 March). The exhibition previouly visited Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (both 2016). Other recent solo exhibitions include Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully 1964–2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, travelling to CAFA, Beijing; Sean Scully – Figure/Abstract, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, travelling to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; 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 also 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.
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Sean Scully, Inner

2016

Sean Scully, Bricklayer of the Soul, €40

2015

Sean Scully, Different Places, €45

2015

Sean Scully, Home, €12

2015

Sean Scully, Figure / Abstract, €35

2014

Sean Scully, Retrospective

2012

Sean Scully, Doric

2012

Sean Scully, Luz Del Sur

2012

Sean Scully, Change and Horizontals

2012

Sean Scully, Tin Mal / Cut Ground

2011

Sean Scully, Works from the 1980s

2010

Sean Scully, Constantinople or The Sensual Concealed. The Imagery of Sean Scully

2009

Sean Scully, Glorious Dust

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2007

Sean Scully, Walls of Aran

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2007

Sean Scully, Die Architektur der Farbe / The Architecture of Colour

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2006

Sean Scully, Resistance and Persistence: Selected Writings

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Sean Scully: Wall of Light

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Sean Scully: Body of Light

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The Color of Time: The Photographs of Sean Scully

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Winter Robe

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2004

Dedicado a Federico García Lorca

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Wall of Light

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2002

Painting’s Pastel’s and Watercolours 1990 - 2000

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Wall Of Light / Muro de Luz

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Barcelona Paintings and Recent Editions

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1999

Prints: Catalogue Raisonne 1968-1999

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Works on Paper

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Twenty Years, 1976 - 1995

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Paintings and Works on Paper

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The Catherine Paintings

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Sean Scully, Resistance and Persistence

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.

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Sean Scully in The Power of the Avant-Garde: Now and Then

BOZAR, Brussels

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.

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Sean Scully + Liliane Tomasko

Centro Cultural Bancaja, Valencia, Spain

16 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

Two-person exhibition curated by Javier Molins.

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Sean Scully, Resistance and Persistence

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.

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Sean Scully, Resistance and Persistence

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.

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Sean Scully wins International Artist of the Year

Harper's BAZAAR ART China

Sean Scully has been awarded 'International Artist of the Year' by Harper's BAZAAR ART China.

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Sean Scully, Santa Cecília de Montserrat

Santa Cecília de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain

30 June 2015

Permanent installation

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. 

 

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Seán Scully, Figure / Abstract

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

27 June – 12 September 2015

Solo exhibition

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.

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ART BASEL 2015

Hall 2.1 Booth M11

Kerlin Gallery is looking forward to participating at ART BASEL 2015, 18–21 June 2015. Please join us at Booth M11, where we will be presenting work by Gerard ByrneAleana EganMerlin JamesSam KeoghSamuel Laurence CunnaneEoin Mc HughIsabel Nolan and Sean Scully.

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Sean Scully, Land Sea

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.

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National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

9 May – 20 September 2015

Solo exhibition

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.

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Sean Scully, Figure / Abstract

Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany

1 March 2015 – 3 May 2015

Solo exhibition

The exhibition in Rostock shows newer as well as less-known works illustrating Scully’s development from figurative to abstract art.

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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.

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Sean Scully

Figure/Abstract

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.

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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. 

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Sean Scully

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.

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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.

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Sean Scully and Paul Winstanley

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.

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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.

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Doric

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.

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Luz del Sur

11 July 2012 - 23 September 2012

Palace of Carlos V, Alhambra, Grenada, Spain

Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife is pleased to present Sean Scully: Luz del Sur (Southern Light) which runs for a second period from 11 July - 23 September in the chapel of the Palace of Carlos V. Alhambra.

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Sean Scully

22 July 2012 - 07 October 2012

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz

Sean Scully is the first major solo exhibition of the artist in Austria in more than a decade. The presentation of fifty paintings by the Irish artist enables the LENTOS to provide a representative overview of his oeuvre. 

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Sean Scully

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.

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Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Sean Scully

7 November 2014

Wall Street Journal

Irish-American artist Sean Scully is readying his first major exhibition in China, at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum.

- Mary M. Lane

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Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Sean Scully

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 Dunne

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Benaki Museum

Sean Scully

8 May 2012

Blouin Artinfo

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 Koroxenidis

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sean Scully

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  Olson

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Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art

Sean Scully

29 September 2006

New York Times

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A  Mezzanine  Done  Over  in  Bricks,  Evocative  and  Immediate

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