Sean Scully

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Sean Scully’s work bases on an artistic approach to vertical and horizontal colour stripes and rectangles. By using different techniques and materials Scully deals creatively with the minimalist motifs. While he used tape in his early works in order to create accurate edges, he breaks loose of this method during the 80s. At this time he wittingly decided to paint the outlines manually so that they appear softer and vivid. Brushwork and coating are clearly visible and a dark earthy range of colour characterises most of his paintings. Besides, Scully also creates etchings, lithographs, pastels and watercolours. They all resemble one another in motif and image structure. Also his photographic work deals with the geometric forms by capturing individual facades, doors, windows and brick walls. Furthermore, During the 90s he made the series „Floating Paintings“ containing of rectangular aluminium blocks that are painted with stripes and hung up on the long side. Sean Scully was born in Dublin in 1945. After completing his visual art studies in London he moved to New York in 1975. Besides New York, he lives and works also in Barcelona and Munich. In 2007 Scully was appointed lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. The Galerie Klüser has been representing the artist since 1993 and presented his work in several solo and group exhibitions. In addition, the gallery also supported and organised many museum exhibitions and published numerous editions and catalogues of the artist’s work.

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Biography

*1945, Dublin, Irland. The artist lives and works in New York City, London and Germany. Galerie Klüser has been representing Sean Scully since 1993.

Biography

 
1962-1965Attends evening classes at the Central School of Art, London, UK
1965-1968Croydon College of Art, London, UK
1968-1972Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Lectureship Sunderland College of Art
1973-1975Lectureship Chelsea College of Art and Design and Goldsmith’s College of Art and Design, London, UK
1978-1982Lectureship Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
1981-1984Professorship Parsons School of Art, New York City, USA
2002-2007Professorship Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany
2013Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Selected Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2020EARLY PRINTS, Solo Show
2016JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2014SEAN SCULLY, Solo Show
2010PHOTO BASED, Group Show
2008REFLECTIONS ON LIGHT – 30 YEARS GALERIE BERND KLÜSER, Group Show
2007PHOTOS AND PRINTS, Solo Show
2006KUNST UND PHOTOGRAPHIE, PHOTOGRAPHIE UND KUNST, Group Show
2004PHOTOGRAPHS, Solo Show
2003THE EIGHTIES – PART II: USA, Group Show
1998PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER, Solo Show

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020PASSENGER – A RETROSPECTIVE, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Ungarn
INSIDEOUT, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany
LONG NIGHT, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Varede, Italy
2019VITA DUPLEX, LWL – Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany
SEA STAR, National Gallery, London, UK
2018/19LANDLINE, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
BEYOND BORDERS, Villa Empain-Foundation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium
INSIDE OUTSIDE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
2018STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORD, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong, China
FACING EAST, State Russian Museum – Marble Palace, St.Petersburg, Russland
SEAN SCULLY – VITA DUPLEX, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
2017SEAN SCULLY – NO WORDS, Edward Hopper House, New York City, USA
FACING EAST, Multimedia Art Museum – Moscow House of Photography, Moskau, Russland
SEAN SCULLY – LILIANE TOMASKI, Centre d’Art Contemporian Acentmetresdumone, Perigan, France
AGAINST LANDSCAPE, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK; Institute & Ruskin Museum, Cumbria, UK
2016/17RESISTANCE AND PERSISTENCE, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China
2016RESISTANCE AND PERSISTENCE. PAINTINGS 1967-2015, AMNUA Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China
2015SEAN SCULLY: LAND SEA, Palazzo Falier, Venedig, Italy
SEAN SCULLY, National Gallery of Ireland
SEAN SCULLY 1974-2015, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paula, Brasil
2014FIGURE ABSTRACT, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
2012/2013SEAN SCULLY, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
2012RETROSPECTIVE, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2011WORKS FROM THE 1980s, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2010LILIANE, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA
DIE BILDERWELT VON SEAN SCULLY, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
2009KONSTANTINOPEL ODER DIE VERSTECKTE SINNLICHKEIT. DIE BILDERWELT VON SEAN SCULLY, MKM Museum Kuppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
2008A RETROSPECTIVE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO) als Mattatoio, Rom, Italy
THE PRINTS OF SEAN SCULLY, Hyde Collection, Glen, USA; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Italien; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA
2006WALL OF LIGHT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
SEAN SCULLY, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Sottland
DIE ARCHITEKTUR DER FARBE, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
2005FAITH HOPE LOVE, Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, Germany
2004BODY OF LIGHT, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
WORKS 1990-2003
2002WALL OF LIGHT, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
THE 90’s – PAINTINGS PASTELS WATERCOLORS PHOTOGRAPHS, Instituto Valencia de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain
2001THE 90’S – PAINTINGS PASTELS WATERCOLORS PHOTOGRAPHS, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2000SEAN SCULLY ON PAPER, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Collections

 
Städtische Galerie Lenbachhaus, Germany
Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irland
Birmingham Museums Art Gallery, UK
The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA
Albertina, Wien, Austria
Neue Galerie Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Tate Modern, London, UK
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany and others

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