Sean Scully, The New York Times
Will Heinrich, April 9, 2020
b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland
Will Heinrich, April 9, 2020
CAC Málaga, Spain
15 October 2019 - 19 January 2020
7 June – 8 September 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
11 May - 13 October 2019
Sean Scully's new exhibition Human presents recent works and new, unseen pieces including his tallest sculpture to date at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice during the Venice Biennale.
LWL Museum, Münster
5 May – 8 September 2019
Sean Scully's new exhibition Vita Duplex will include pastels, watercolours, drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, acrylic paintings, oils on canvas and aluminium, some photographs and three sculptures at LWL Museum, Münster.
National Gallery, London
13 April – 11 August 2019
See new work by Sean Scully inspired by the National Gallery Collection and Joseph Mallord William Turner’s ‘The Evening Star’.
Gerard Byrne, Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Kathy Prendergast, Sean Scully & Samuel Lawrence Cunnane
13 April - 7 July 2019
National Gallery of Ireland
Spanning 250 years, Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art comprises artworks by fifty artists, exploring the relationship between people and the natural world.
Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy
18 April 2019 - 6 January 2020
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
February 23 – May 19 2019
Sean Scully: Landline traces the series’ expression through a variety of media, with nearly 50 oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, and photographs, and two layered aluminum Stack sculptures.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
29 September 2018 – 6 January 2019
Solo exhibition of painting and sculpture.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
13 September – 3 February 2018
A major highlight of the 56th Venice Biennale, Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S. debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
14 July – 14 October 2018
In this retrospective exhibition, Sean Scully revisits his early works which reveal the origin of his continued fascination with stripes and the spaces in between. Scully was a prize winner in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1972 and again in 1974. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the opening of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 and Liverpool Biennial 2018.
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.
Kunstwerk, Sammlung Alison & Peter Klein, Stuttgart
25 June – 22 December 2017
Two-person exhibition by Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko.
Co-organised with Holly's Gallery
Park is an exhibition across two venues in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
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.
House of Art České Budějovice, Czech Republic
22 June – 12 August 2016
A major solo exhibition of work by Sean Scully, The Body and the Frame will include a broad selection of painting, photography and works on paper, including Scully's lesser-known figurative works and some sketches for sculptures.
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.
TWO x TWO for AIDs and Art, Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX, USA
24 October 2015
Works by Merlin James and Sean Scully will be included in the TWO x TWO for AIDs and Art auction in Dallas.
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.
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
11 April – 28 June 2015
The Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo presents Sean Scully 1974-2015. This is the first major retrospective of the renowned Irish artist in Brazil. Covering three decades, it will show 46 words produced between 1974 and 2014, allowing the visitor to observe changes in his creative process.
CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
12 March – 23 April 2015
Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully, 1964-2014, London, New York is the first exhibition in China of the artist Sean Scully. The exhibition will show work from the last 45 years, in oil, pastel, watercolour as well as photographs and a major new sculptural work, specially made in China for the exhibition.
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.
Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China
24 November 2014 – 25 January 2015
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.
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz
31 August - 16 November 2014
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.
Christ Church, Oxford, UK
30 May - 31 August 2014
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
27 September - 3 November 2013
The Drawing Center, New York
The Drawing Center, New York, presents the final stage of Sean Scully's Change and Horizontals touring exhibition, which opens 27 September, 2013.
Curated by Brett Littman and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow.
MACM - Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins
12 July - 29 September 2013
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins is pleased to announce Sean Scully: Doric, the fourth stage in this monumental travelling exhibition which began last year in Benaki Museum, Athens. The exhibition opens from 12 July until 29 September.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome
14 March - 9 June 2013
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.
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
16 February 2013
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.
Fondation l'Hermitage Lausanne
25 January 2013
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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
28 July 2012 - 17 February 2013
Notations: Sean Scully features two major works by this internationally acclaimed artist that were recently donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
IVAM - Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia
26 July 2012 - 28 October 2012
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.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
02 March 2012 - 13 July 2012
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: ‘England is a country that basically doesn’t understand art’
21 September 2018
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like Sean Scully’s paintings. With their broad panels of colour, his signature abstracts are as reassuring as a horizon at dawn and as elusive in meaning as the ocean. If you encounter a Scully when you are feeling blue, it will offer solace. When you’re blithe, it will enhance your joy. Less bleak and theological than Rothko, less agitated than Pollock, these pictures bring balm to the soul rather than turmoil …Visit Website
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