Sean Scully

Change and Horizontals

27 September - 3 November 2013

The Drawing Center, New York

Change #7 (detail)
Acrylic and tape on paper
22.5 x 30.5 in


New York –The Drawing Center presents Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals, a focused survey that comprises Sean Scully’s (b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland) acrylic, ink, graphite, and masking-tape drawings from 1974–75—presented together for the first time in over thirty years—as well as two large-scale paintings from the same period.


Scully’s maturation as a painter can easily be traced back to innovations in his early drawings. These works are marked by refined geometries that re-imagine the history of abstraction as an art rooted in experience—“something felt and something seen,” as the artist has said.


Executed in London and New York City respectively, the Change and Horizontals drawings, along with their preparatory sketches and experimental typewritten drawings, highlight Scully’s core concern with line and color’s relation to place. Viewed together, the works chart an evolution of composition and gesture that provide unique insight into this artist’s singular aesthetic. This exhibition is the final stop on a transcontinental tour that included Timothy Taylor Gallery,

Co-curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.



The Drawing Center, New York