Sean Scully

Sean Scully, Red Doric, 2019, pastel on paper, 102.6 x 152.4 cm unframed, 40.4 x 60 in unframed, 119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm framed, 46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

 

Sean Scully, Landline Far Brown, 2018, Oil on aluminium, 215.9 x 190.5 cm 
85 x 75 in   

Sean Scully, Landline Edge, 2017, oil on canvas, 215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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Sean Scully,
THE LAND / THE LINE,
Kerlin Gallery, 5th October - 17th November 2018

Sean Scully, Landline Strand, 2017, oil on aluminum, 215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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Sean Scully, Landline Azure, 2017, oil on canvas, 215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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Sean Scully,
THE LAND / THE LINE,
Kerlin Gallery, 5th October - 17th November 2018

Sean Scully, Window Tappan, 2018, Oil pastel and spray paint on aluminum, 215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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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
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 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  

 

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

2006

aquatint with sugarlift and spitbite

38.1 x 49.5 cm / 15 x 19.5 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, Skulpture Park Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany 11 June 2020 - 3 January 2021 Photo © Michael Richter.

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Sean Scully, Eleuthera, The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga, Spain, 15 October 2019–19 January 2020

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Sean Scully: 'HUMAN' at the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore,
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, IT,
8 May – 13 October 2019
Sean Scully: Long Light, curated by Anna Bernardini,
Villa Panza,
18 April 2019 – 6 January 2020
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Sean Scully: Inside Outside,
Longside Gallery and Open Air,
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Photo © Jonty Wilde
29 Sep 2018–6 Jan 2019
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Sean Scully,
THE LAND / THE LINE,
Kerlin Gallery, 5th October - 17th November 2018
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Sean Scully, Landlines and other recent works, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 21 April – 26 August 2018. Photo by Gert-Jan van Rooij.

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Sean Scully, Landline, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, 13 September – 3 February 2018

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Sean Scully, Vita Duplex, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 25 March – 5 August 2018. Photo: Bruno Kelzer. 

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Sean Scully, 1970, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 14 July – 14 October 2018

Frieze Sculpture, London, UK, 4 July – 7 October 2018

Sean Scully, San Cristobál, Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City, 7 February – 24 March 2018

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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 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.
 
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.
 
Recent solo exhibitions include: Opulent Ascension, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany, (2020); Aeternum, Forum Paracelsus, St Moritz, (2020); Eleuthera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain,(2019/ 2020); Long Night, Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy,(2019 / 2020); Sean Scully at Picasso House, (title TBD), Château de Boisgeloup, Gisros, France,(2019); Lechner Museum, Ingolstadt, (2019/2020); Landline, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, (2019); Eleuthera, Albertina, Vienna, (2019); Sea Star, National Gallery, London, (2019); Vita Duplex, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, (2018); Landlines and other recent works, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2018); Sean Scully: 1970, Walker Art, Liverpool Museum, (2018); Inside Out, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, (2018) & Kerlin Gallery (2018); San Cristóbal, Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City, (2018); Facing East, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, travelling to State Russian Museum – Marble Palace, St Petersburg, Russia, (all 2017); Resistance and Persistence, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, travelling to Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China; Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China, (all 2016); Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully 1964–2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, travelling to CAFA and Beijing, (2014–15); Sean Scully – Figure/Abstract, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, travelling to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Ireland, (2014–15); Different Places, Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, (2015); Land Sea, part of the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, (2015) and Sean Scully – Malerei als Weltaneignung, Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria, (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.
 
Scully's work is represented in the collections of The Guggenheim Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Tate Gallery, London; Ulster Museum, Belfast; National Gallery of Art, Washington; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego; Nagoya City Art Museum, Tokyo; International Forum, Tokyo and many more collectors both private and corporate collections in Ireland and abroad.
 

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Sean Scully, The New York Times

Will Heinrich, April 9, 2020

In the wake of the pandemic, the Irish-American artist has rediscovered the color black. We unveil his newest work for troubled times.

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Sean Scully, Eleuthera

CAC Málaga, Spain

15 October 2019 - 19 January 2020

The Center for Contemporary Art of Malaga presents the latest Eleuthera series by Irish artist Sean Scully.

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Sean Scully, Eleuthera

Albertina, Vienna

7 June – 8 September 2019

Sean Scully is known above all for his highly expressive abstract paintings of colourful stripes or rectangles. But it is an entirely new side of this artist that comes to light in a work series being given its first-ever presentation by the Albertina Museum. The 2016/2017 series Eleuthera revolves around a very private subject: these 23 large-format oil paintings show Scully’s seven-year-old son Oisín playing at the beach on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. This exhibition shows all of these oil paintings by Scully as well as smaller pastels, drawings, and photographic works.
 

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Sean Scully, Human

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.

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Sean Scully, Vita Duplex

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.

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Sean Scully, Sea Star

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’.

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Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art

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.

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Sean Scully, LONG LIGHT

Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy

18 April 2019 - 6 January 2020

Sean Scully's new exhibition LONG LIGHT brings together 60 works from the early seventies to the present day.

 

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Sean Scully, Landline

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.

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Sean Scully, Inside Outside

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

29 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Solo exhibition of painting and sculpture.

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Sean Scully, Landline

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.

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Sean Scully, ‘1970’

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.

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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.

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Sean Scully, Vita Duplex

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

25 March – 5 August 2018

Sean Scully solo exhibition.

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Sean Scully, No Words

Edward Hopper House, Nyack

9 March – 27 May 2018

Sean Scully solo exhibition, presenting eight paintings from the Doric series.

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Sean Scully, Facing East

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.

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Sean Scully, 1970

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. 

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Sean Scully, San Cristóbal

Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City

7 February – 24 March 2018

Solo exhibition in the iconic Luis Barrágan-designed equestrian complex.

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Sean Scully, Facing East

MAMM – Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

3 November – 10 December 2017

Solo exhibition curated by Olga Sviblova.

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Sean Scully at Hodges Figgis

22 July, 2.30pm

Sean Scully is to give a reading from his book of collected writings, Inner, at Hodges Figgis in Dublin.

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Sean Scully & Liliane Tomasko, beide | both

Kunstwerk, Sammlung Alison & Peter Klein, Stuttgart

25 June – 22 December 2017

Two-person exhibition by Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko.

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Park, Guangzhou & Hong Kong

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


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, The Body and the Frame

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.

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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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TWO x TWO 2015

TWO x TWO for AIDs and Art, Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX, USA

24 October 2015

Charity Auction

Works by Merlin James and Sean Scully will be included in the TWO x TWO for AIDs and Art auction in Dallas.

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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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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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Sean Scully

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, Sean Scully 1974-2015

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

11 April – 28 June 2015

Solo exhibition

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.

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Sean Scully, Follow The Heart

CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

12 March – 23 April 2015

Solo exhibition

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.

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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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Sean Scully, Follow the heart – The Art of Sean Scully 1964 – 2014

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.

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Sean Scully, Figure/Abstract

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.

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Sean Scully, Encounters: A New Master among Old Masters

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. 

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Sean Scully, Triptychs

Pallant House Gallery

2 November 2013 - 26 January 2014

Pallant House Gallery is pleased to present Sean Scully: Triptychs, a solo exhibition exploring the artist's engagement with the triptych format and featuring major works spanning the last 40 years.

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Sean Scully

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.

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Sean Scully, Doric

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.

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Sean Scully, Doric

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

28 March - 9 June 2013

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane presents Doric, the third stage of this major touring exhibition of Doric paintings, a series of works Scully has produced since 2008.

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Sean Scully, Change and Horizontals

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.

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Sean Scully, Passages / Impressions / Surfaces

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.

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Sean Scully and Paul Winstanley, Window to the World

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.

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Sean Scully, Notations: Sean Scully

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.

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Sean Scully, Doric

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.

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Sean Scully, Change and Horizontals

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.

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The Financial Times

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 …

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The Brooklyn Rail

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 Carrier

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Elephant Magazine

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 Hubbard

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The New York Times

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 [...]

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Spear's Magazine

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.

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The Brooklyn Rail

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. 

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Architectural Digest

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.

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How to Spend It

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.

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BBC

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.

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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.

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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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