Published by Lisson Gallery. Text by Ossian Ward. Interview by Kelly Grovier.
During 2020, a year rocked by a global pandemic and political unrest, Sean Scully (born 1945) painted two new monumental series of paintings, titled The 12 and Dark Windows. Through essays and an interview, this publication sets out the historical context for these works.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by David Carrier, Sean Scully.
In this volume, Irish American painter Sean Scully (born 1945) meets with American philosopher and art critic David Carrier for a series of in-depth interviews on the nature of art and the artist’s relationship to his own work. An early job loading trucks at a cardboard factory inspired the stacked rectangle symbolism that would become the hallmark of his career; travels to Venice also greatly influenced his use of textured brushstrokes to evoke movement and flow even within carefully structured geometric patterns.
Carrier probes these central elements of Scully’s art along with many more questions about art history and Scully’s own position within it. The assembling of such personal insights results in a book that functions as both a collection of compelling dialogues and an autobiography of Scully. Readers are able to discover Scully’s art anew through his answers to Carrier’s incisive questions.
Published by Art / Books. Edited by Faye Fleming, Oscar Humphries. Introduction by Martin Gayford.
This book collates the writings of some 50 international critics, curators, philosophers and historians who have charted the single-minded course that Sean Scully (born 1945) followed in the first three decades of his career. Reflecting the astonishing variety of his compositions, each one identifies novel aspects in the work and discovers something fresh to say. Illustrated with Scully’s major paintings from the late 1960s to 1999, and with dozens of installation views, behind-the-scenes studio shots and portraits of the artist (many published here for the first time), this collection provides a concise account of the work of a painter who more than any other has demonstrated the poetic qualities of abstraction.
Contributors include: William Feaver, Peter Fuller, Joseph Masheck, Adrian Lewis, Holland Cotter, John Caldwell, David Carrier, Susanne Lambrecht, Lynne Cooke, Robert Hughes, Arthur C. Danto, Carter Ratcliff, Enrique Juncosa, Jean Frémon, Mark Glazebrook, Donald Kuspit, Edward Lucie-Smith, John Yau and Colm Tóibín.
Published by Skira. Text by Carmelo Grasso, Abate Norberto Villa, Kelly Grovier, Javier Molins.
This generous volume gathers recent works and new, unseen pieces by celebrated New York–based Irish abstract artist Sean Scully (born 1945), who has created a series of new sculptures, paintings, drawings and watercolors directly inspired by the Venetian abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, its vast illuminated manuscript collections and the 16th-century Benedictine church. These works are instantly recognizable for Scully’s visual vocabulary of horizontal and vertical stripes, which reflects fifty years of constant refining. Human includes paintings from his Madonna series, Scully’s return to figuration after having ceased figurative painting five decades ago.
The fulcrum of the volume is the new and impressive Opulent Ascension, a site-specific sculpture that is Scully’s tallest sculpture ever at 33 feet high, constructed from stacked frames, each wrapped in rich and varying colors of felt.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Clare Lilley, Peter Murray, Kirsten Claudia Voigt, Jon Wood.
The abstract paintings of the acclaimed New York–based painter, sculptor, writer and poet Sean Scully (born 1945) are world-famous, but until now, relatively little attention has been paid to his sculptures. For these, Scully layers elements made of steel, stone, bronze and painted aluminum on top of each other, creating horizontal structures that expand upward, yet are also linked to the stripes in his paintings.
These works are possessed of a compelling simplicity, recalling children’s blocks stacked up in solid or precarious-seeming assemblies. In Scully’s hands, these materials develop into a three-dimensional extension of the horizontal stripes of his paintings, extending their allusions to sea, land and sky into a multiplicity of tactile assocations.
This monograph is the first to compile Scully’s sculptures in one volume. Besides numerous plates, it includes several essays about these important works.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Klaus Albrecht Schröder. Text by Werner Spies, Elisabeth Dutz.
Irish-born, New York–based artist Sean Scully (born 1945) is famed internationally for his luscious abstractions. Scully creates large-format paintings with an intense application of color and rough brushstrokes. Checkered or striped patterns emerge, evoking the aesthetic of geometric minimalism. Sean Scully: Eleuthera reveals a surprising and more private side of the artist's work. The Eleuthera series, from the years 2016–17, consists of 25 large-format oil paintings depicting Oisín, the artist’s seven-year-old son, playing on the beach of Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas. The emergence of figuration in the artist's work does not, however, exclude the bright abstract bands of color he is known for: instead, Scully's colors warp to compose the figure of his son, as well as the landscape around him.
This catalog, the second volume in a proposed series of five, chronicles Sean Scully’s (born 1945) paintings of the 1980s. Beginning with major breakthrough works early in the decade, it profiles the development of Scully’s mature style as well as his growing success in America and internationally.
Scully, a native of Ireland, was educated in England and moved to the United States in 1975. By the early 1980s, he was established in New York, where he developed a powerful style of richly painted stripes and shapes with a masterly control of color and strongly built canvases. In a period of low regard for abstract painting, Scully reinvigorated the form to include rich evocations of places, literature and emotion.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Hermann Arnhold, Pia Müller-Tamm, Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, Kirsten Claudia Voigt.
With more than 100 illustrations, Sean Scully: Vita Duplex provides a comprehensive look at the artist’s visual oeuvre, as well as his world of ideas, and defines its place in the history of abstract painting. One of the most important abstract artists of our time, Scully (born 1945) allows conflict to take place in his paintings—conflict between structure and emotion, body and spirit, impulsivity and reflection. The Irish-American painter has been reinterpreting abstract art since the 1960s, not as a purely formal exploration of color, form, planes, structure, body and light, but as a medium whose means of expression is tied to external and internal moods, literary influences and physical experiences. Scully has articulated this attitude in many lectures, interviews and texts, which comprise the starting point for this book.
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. 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.
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 for the 56th Venice Biennale, a complete monograph devoted to the Irish-born American-based painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. ?Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1945, Sean Scully has gained international prominence as one of the most admired contemporary abstract painters today. Fusing the traditions of European painting with the distinct character of American abstraction, Scully’s great achievement is the reinvigoration of abstract painting with the metaphorical, the philosophical, and the sublime combined with the earthy tangibility of paint.
From his precisely gridded works of the 1970s to the three-dimensional panels of the 1980s and his now celebrated Wall of Light paintings from the 1990s, this volume gathers the entire oeuvre of the artist, whose work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; and the Tate, London.
Elected a Royal Academician in 2013, Sean Scully has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize twice, in 1989 and in 1993. He lives and works in New York, Barcelona, and Munich. Danilo Eccher has been Director of GAM Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea of Turin since 2009.
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
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PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/30/2014 Active
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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.
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.
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 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 102
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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 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2009 p. 98
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881587414TRADE List Price: $27.95 CDN $32.50