We are pleased to announce the opening of ‘Sean Scully. Change and Horizontals’ at our gallery on Thursday January 10 th, 2013.
This intensely focused survey is comprised of acrylic, ink, graphite, and masking-tape drawings from 1974–75—presented together for the first time in over 30 years—as well as two large-scale paintings from the same period and one of the artist’s personal notebooks. Culled from two distinct series, the Change and Horizontals drawings—executed in London and New York respectively—highlight the importance of color and form within Scully’s abstractions. Color is always rooted in a particular place so impressions of each city are fundamental to these drawings, as location plays a key role in the artist’s life and oeuvre. Scully’s move from London to New York City in 1975 marked a stylistic breakthrough to a period during which he became more engaged with the tones and textures of the metropolis that surrounded him. Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals is co-curated by Joanna Kleinberg and Brett Littman of The Drawing Center.
This exhibition will travel 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.
Among numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, Sean Scully has had several major retrospectives, including: Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 1989, which traveled to Palacio Velazquez, Madrid, Spain and Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Sean Scully: Twenty Years, 1976–1995 at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., which traveled to High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, La Caixa des Pensiones, Barcelona, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; Wall of Light at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., in 2005, which traveled to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Sean Scully. A Retrospective, which traveled to Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, in 2007, Musee d’art moderne, St. Etienne, France, and MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome, Italy. His most recent retrospective opened at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany, in February 2009 and traveled to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Sean Scully: Retrospective will travel to Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland and Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria in 2012.
Scully was born in 1945 in Dublin and currently lives and works in New York, Barcelona, and Mooseurach, Germany.
The Drawing Papers publication will be 96 pages with 30 color plates, and will feature an essay on Scully’s drawings from 1974–75 by co-curators Joanna Kleinberg and Brett Littman, as well as a specially commissioned short story by acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.