Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Kelly Grovier.
Sean Scully (born 1945) is among the greatest abstract painters of our age. He is also one of the most outspoken. Since the late 1960s, Scully’s visual expressiveness has been matched by a verbal dynamism that is no less arresting than his art. Varying widely in form from brief reflections to essay-length meditations on artists such as Van Gogh, Morandi and Rothko, Scully’s writings are distinguished by a brutal lyricism and an effortlessly aphoristic turn of phrase. The nearly 200 texts that comprise this collection provide a unique perspective on one of the most engaging artistic imaginations of the past half-century. Here, readers will discover the effusions of a mind tirelessly wrestling with the profoundest issues of art, cultural history and what it means to be a creator in the contemporary world. The texts are illustrated by images including facsimile reproductions of handwritten pages which also feature drawings.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Kelly Grovier. Text by Bono, Reinhard Spieler, et al.
Sean Scully has been described by Arthur Danto as "belong[ing] on the shortest of short lists of the major painters of our time." This book features insights on Scully's art from his friend Bono to his former student Ai Weiwei and novelist Colm Tóibín. This volume is conceived for the artist's 70th birthday.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Marc O'Sullivan, Beate Reifenscheid.
Sean Scully (born 1945) is one of the most significant abstract painters of our time. He has produced a wealth of variations on his core theme of lines and stripes during his decades-long career, creating works with a fascinating range of tone and expression, from the romantic to the melancholic. Early in his career Scully made figurative work to which he still feels indebted: "To this day my paintings retain a sense of the body, and the feeling of a physical relationship with the world." He considers German Expressionism an important source of inspiration and cites the influence of such artists as André Derain, Henri Matisse, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Presenting surprising new perspectives on the artist's work, this publication is the first to study the interplay between figuration and abstraction in Scully's oeuvre.
Sean Scully (born 1945) is known for rich, painterly abstractions in which stripes or blocks of layered color are a prevailing motif. The delineated geometry of his work provides structure for an expressive, physical rendering of color, light, and texture. Scully's simplification of his compositions and use of repetitive forms--squares, rectangles, bands--echoes architectural motifs (doors, windows, walls) and in this way appeals to a universal understanding and temporal navigation of the picture plane. However, the intimacy of Scully's process, in which he layers and manipulates paint with varying brushstrokes and sensibilities, results in a highly sensual and tactile materiality. His colors and their interactions, often subtly harmonized, elicit profound emotional associations. Scully does not shy away from Romantic ideals and the potential for personal revelation. He strives to combine, as he has said, "intimacy with monumentality." This volume surveys works of the past three years.
PUBLISHER CHEIM & READ
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 11.75 x 13 in. / 64 pgs / 13 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 9/30/2014 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2014 p. 140
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Published by The Drawing Center. Text by Joanna Kleinberg, Brett Littman, Colm Tóibín.
Sean Scully’s move from London to New York City in 1975 marked a stylistic breakthrough to a period in which he became more engaged with the textures of the metropolis that surrounded him. Culled from two distinct series, the Change and Horizontals drawings--executed in London and New York respectively--highlight the primacy of color and form in Scully’s abstractions. Impressions of each city are fundamental to these drawings, as location plays a key role in the artist’s oeuvre; as the artist stated in 2006, “People tend to think of abstraction as abstract. But nothing is abstract: it’s a self-portrait. A portrait of one’s condition.” This publication accompanies an exhibition organized by The Drawing Center. The works, reproduced as full-color plates, are comprised of acrylic, ink, graphite and masking-tape drawings from 1974–75, as well as two large-scale paintings from the same period and the artist’s notebooks.
The painting of Sean Scully (born 1945) has a fascinating relationship to place. Born in Dublin, Scully began his career as a figurative painter in London, in the years when Freud and Bacon still dominated Britain’s art climate. A trip to Morocco converted Scully to abstraction: “It was the endless potential in the rhythm and structures of the visual world there that moved me,” he says, of its Arabic visual character. As his painting slowly gravitated towards abstraction, Scully realized that New York was the city in which he would most fruitfully develop, and moved there in 1975. He attributes his first New York series, Horizontals, to his apartment’s view of the city and the Hudson river. In spring 2012, Scully’s art is reunited with the Arabic culture that first inspired his embrace of abstraction, at the stupendous Moorish fort-palace in Granada, the Alhambra. The exhibition and this accompanying catalogue are divided into three parts: seven large paintings from the Wall of Light series; a set of 40 watercolors; and three photographic series, which intriguingly illuminate Scully’s image-making process--Aran, Santo Domingo for Nene and Alhambra, the latter of which is published here for the first time.
PUBLISHER TF EDITORES/D.A.P.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 174 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 7/31/2012 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2012 p. 102
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Published by JOVISart. Text by Matthias Frehner, Stella Roig, Annick Haldemann, Brigitte Reutner.
The painting of Sean Scully (born 1945) is unmistakable in its simplicity, and yet generative of endless variation and richness. His chunky, heavily worked, vertical bands of color abutting horizontal bands of color, which may be applied to canvas or to metal plates, seem to explore and express everything that can be said with color, from steely sobriety to pulsating warmth. In this way, Scully continually develops the discoveries of predecessors such as Albers and Rothko. This book focuses on his most recent output, which the artist himself sums up thus: “All my life, I have been driven by some guilt or other. It is only in the past few years that this has ended ... and I increasingly like myself better for it. I only do things that I really want to do. This has caused me to attempt big things.”
At once a day book and an artist’s book, this volume compiles black-and-white pencil and India ink drawings made by Sean Scully (born 1945) in Barcelona and New York between August 24 and October 10, 2010. Bound in handsome pale gray linen cloth, it also contains handwritten observations by the artist.
Published by Charta/Galerie Lelong, New York. Text by Tiffany Bell.
Throughout his 30-year career, the renowned Dublin-born artist Sean Scully has continually sought to reinvigorate abstract painting, and has succeeded in this attempt by finding ways through (rather than around) postwar American abstraction. Scully employs a reductive vocabulary of thick horizontal and vertical bands of color, which perform an interplay of mass, light and shadow, through which he reconciles the ordered character of early European Modernism, with its ideals of harmony and spirituality, and late American Modernism, with its use of less harmonious, expressionistic compositions. Scully has described this tension: "I'm trying to capture something that has a classical stillness and at the same time has enough emotion or dissonance to create an unresolved quality." This volume, published concurrently with an exhibition at New York's Galerie Lelong, features 22 recent paintings, including works from Scully's much-admired Wall of Light and Robe series, plus recent watercolors and drawings.
PUBLISHER CHARTA/GALERIE LELONG, NEW YORK
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 10 x 8.5 in. / 56 pgs / 33 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 2/28/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2009 p. 98
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