Sean Scully

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"The best single source on his compelling work."—Chicago Tribune

Over more than thirty years, Sean Scully has produced a vibrant and compelling body of work that is widely collected and internationally exhibited. His signature style of lines or bands of color, alluding to architectural elements such as portals, windows, and walls, is one of the most instantly recognizable in...
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Overview

"The best single source on his compelling work."—Chicago Tribune

Over more than thirty years, Sean Scully has produced a vibrant and compelling body of work that is widely collected and internationally exhibited. His signature style of lines or bands of color, alluding to architectural elements such as portals, windows, and walls, is one of the most instantly recognizable in contemporary painting.

In this, the first fully illustrated monograph to present an account of the artist's life and career to date, eminent art historian and critic David Carrier traces the development of Scully's oeuvre and assesses its significance. Lavish reproductions of his major works illustrate the text, while photographs taken by Scully on his travels show some of the forms that inspire them. A concise chronology, exhibition history, and select bibliography, as well as an interview with the artist, complete a volume that should be found on all contemporary art bookshelves. 200 illustrations, 190 in color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500286265
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/13/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Carrier is Champney Family Professor, Case Western University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 14
Introduction: The sources of Sean Scully's style 16
Part 1 Searching for A Style
Chapter 1 A London childhood 40
Chapter 2 Early visits to America 60
Chapter 3 Becoming established in New York 78
Part 2 Discovering A Style
Chapter 4 Backs and Fronts 90
Part 3 Using A Style
Chapter 5 Staging abstract narratives 100
Chapter 6 Art on paper 154
Chapter 7 "Plaids," "Mirrors," "Floating Paintings" 168
Chapter 8 "Walls of Light:" Scully's utopian pictures 186
Part 4 Conversation with Sean Scully 208
Chronology 215
Solo Exhibitions 216
Selected Group Exhibitions 217
Public Collections 219
Selected Bibliography 220
Picture Credits 222
Index 223
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