The artist works with abstract painting, infused with both physicality and spirituality. This exhibition contains many new additions to Scully's Wall of Light series, which draws its inspiration from the colours and forms the artist observed during important visits to Mexico in the early 1980s: is characterised by the luminosity of the palette and the rich and subtle layering of colour upon colour.
Timothy Taylor Gallery is delighted to announce a presentation of new work by Sean
Scully from 28 May – 3 July 2010. This is the first time that Scully has exhibited new
work in London since 2006 and this exhibition comes hot on the heels of Scully’s
major retrospective, Constantinople or The Sensual Concealed. The Imagery of
Sean Scully, at the newly re-opened Ulster Museum in Belfast and the MKM
Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany.
The significance of Scully’s contribution to the history of abstraction since the 1970s is increasingly understood and appreciated while the artist’s rigorous dedication to abstract painting, infused with both physicality and spirituality, continues unabated.
This exhibition contains many new additions to Scully’s Wall of Light series, shown to great acclaim in a dedicated exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2006. This series, which draws its inspiration from the colours and forms the artist observed during important visits to Mexico in the early 1980s, is characterised by the luminosity of the palette and the rich and subtle layering of colour upon colour. It is these qualities, which, according to Kelly Grovier writing recently in the Times Literary Supplement, call to mind the colourist Titian or the atmospherics of Turner, rather than more predictably the abstract legacies of Pollock and Rothko.
Wall of Light Temple, 2009, shows how Scully suffuses his rectangular brick-like forms not only with warmth and energy, but also with the barely visible layers of paint beneath, thereby connecting the painting both with the tangible world of vision and tactility, but also the invisible world of metaphor and indeed faith. As Kelly Grovier so nicely puts it, these paintings are ‘works of dense translucence, like blocks of amber elbowing bricks of peat… their power builds geologically from below, from the compressed strata of texture and colour’. In the magisterial Cut Ground Red Blue, 2009, stripes and bricks fizz and crackle with movement and texture, in a work that harks back to Scully’s own early interest in Mondrian’s jazz-age riffs on New York’s street grids. Further effects are gained by Scully’s recent adoption of aluminium as a ground instead of traditional linen or canvas. This has tangibly increased the glossiness and luxuriance of the painted surface, and can be seen in works such as Wall of Light Pale Yellow Pink, 2009.
In 2011, Scully will the subject of a major retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. His recent retrospective, Constantinople or The Sensual Concealed. The Imagery of Sean Scully has toured during 2009 and 2010 from MKM, Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Duisburg, Germany, to The Ulster Museum, Belfast; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany; and the Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Germany. Other recent major solo presentations have been held at Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, St Etienne, France; MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome; The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Scully’s work is held by numerous public collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Tate, London; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20K21, Düsseldorf; the Albertina, Vienna; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and Instituto Valencia d’Arte Modern, Valencia. Sean Scully lives and works in New York, Barcelona and Munich. This will be his sixth solo exhibition to be held at Timothy Taylor Gallery.
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Opening 27 May 2010, 6 pm
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