|Born||30 June 1945|
|Education||Croydon College of Art
|Known for||Painting Printmaking|
|Movement||Geometric abstraction Emotional abstraction|
Sean Scully printmaker, sculptor and photographer. His work is held in museum collections worldwide and he has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. Moving from London to New York in 1975, Scully helped lead the transition from Minimalism to Emotional abstraction in painting, abandoning the reduced vocabulary of Minimalism in favor of a return to metaphor and spirituality in art.(born 30 June 1945) is an Irish-born American-based artist working as a painter,
Scully has also been a lecturer and professor at a number of universities and is highly regarded for his writing and teachings, collected in the 2016 book, Inner: The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully.
Sean Scully was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1945. Four years later his family moved to London where they lived in a working-class part of south London, moving from lodging to lodging for a number of years. By the age of 9, Scully knew he wanted to become an artist, and from the age of 15 until he was 17, Scully was apprenticed at a commercial printing shop in London as a typesetter, an experience that greatly influenced the art to come.
From the age of 17 until he turned 20, despite working full-time in various jobs including graphic design, and messenger, Scully attended evening classes at the Central School of Art, focused on figurative painting. While working a stint as a plasterer's labourer on the Victoria Station Ballroom, Scully made daily visits to the Tate Milbank to visit Van Gogh's Chair (1888), which made an impression on him. In 1963, at the age of 18, Scully had a job loading trucks with flattened boxes at a cardboard factory. The idea of stacking central to much of his work came from this experience.
In September 1965 Sean Scully, age 20, began to study full-time at Croydon College of Art, London, before moving on to Newcastle University in 1968. At Newcastle University, the University Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot made a lasting impact on him. Scully was also influenced by a trip to Morocco in 1969, where he became fascinated by the multi-colored stripes locals wove into wool tents and robes. Scully was awarded the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship in 1972 to attend Harvard University. It was during this first stay in the US that Scully began to experiment with new techniques such as tape and spray paint.
Early career: 1970 - 1980
Scully's first commercial show, at the Rowan Gallery in London, sold out. During this period Scully taught at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Goldsmith's, while continuing to paint in his Elephant Lane studio in Rotherhithe. In 1975, at the age of 30, Scully was awarded a two-year Harkness Fellowship with which he moved to New York.
Once in New York he began to develop important friendships with fellow artists such as Robert Ryman, and others in academic and artistic circles. Scully's response in the 1970s had been to bring the objectives of American Minimalism together with those of Op art, an important current in Europe, creating works using overlays and “supergrids” that bridged these two artistic movements in a new way. Once in New York, Minimalism had a strong influence on his work, and for a few years Scully's palette was reduced to the grey monochrome ‘Black paintings’ series.
Scully began working on the series known as The Catherine Paintings in 1979, while sharing his Duane Street studio with his third wife, the artist Catherine Lee. The idea behind the series was to choose the important painting Scully produced during each year together, that would then become part of a collection named after her. This was the beginning of Sean's own private collection of his work.
Departure from Minimalism: 1980 - 1982
By 1980 Scully considered himself to be at war with the movement of Minimalism in New York and wanted to bring more human elements into his art. He made multiple trips to Morocco and Mexico during this time, as he considered these trips to have “a direct bearing on what I think art should be doing – which is concentrating on what’s interesting, engaging, perverse, and beautiful about human nature.” He later commented that “I had decided that what had been stripped out of painting—i.e., the ability to make relationships, to be metaphorical and referential, spiritual, poetic, all those things and aspects of human nature—had to be put back in if painting was to go forward.” In 1981 the first retrospective of Sean Scully's work was held at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. This was also the year that Scully's confidence to withdraw from an adherence to Minimalism became apparent, with the return of color and space, and the freehand drawing of stripes and visible brushstrokes, rather than the hard lines of tape. Scully had a breakthrough with the seminal 1981 painting Backs and Fronts, which had a profound impact in the 1982 exhibition ‘Critical Perspectives’ at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center. This was a watershed painting which British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing has said “broke the logjam of American minimalist painting”.
Geometric Abstraction: 1982 - present
In 1982 Scully began to work with the gallerist David McKee, an important relationship that lasted for a decade. During the summer of that year, Scully started producing small multi-panel works on found pieces of wood while staying in Montauk at the Edward Albee artist's colony. These works were titled Ridge, Plum, and Bear after the islands that surround Long Island. He also began applying a combination of rigid geometry and expressive texture and color to larger paintings that year. A prime example of this was Heart of Darkness, inspired by the 1899 novella of the same name. Scully began collaborating with Mohammad O. Khalil in 1983, this was the first time he had collaborated with a printmaker and was the start of a career-long commitment to printmaking.
In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art included Scully in their International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture. The following year Scully's first American solo museum exhibition was held at the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute in 1985, and traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Other major museums also began to acquire Scully's large-scale paintings, despite the dominant trend of the time tending towards Postmodernism. Scully's paintings from this period are heavy and physical in terms of both size and aesthetic, and make use of large-scale stretchers.
By 1987, Scully's work became less complex, flatter and smaller in scale, and began to include lighter color palettes beginning with Pale Fire in 1988. The same year, while experimenting with watercolors on a beach in Mexico, Scully created the first image that would become an extended meditation on architecture and light with the Wall of Light series. In 1989 the Whitechapel Gallery in London held a solo exhibition for Scully, which then traveled to Palacio Velázquez in Madrid and to the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich. These were Scully's first solo exhibitions in mainland Europe. The art critic Robert Hughes' 1989 piece for TIME magazine cemented Scully's increasing reputation.
The painting Why and What (Yellow) in 1988 was the first to incorporate an inset element of steel. By 1991 Scully expanded the use of steel, setting oil on linen insets into large steel panels. He also began the regular use of a checkerboard motif at this time, first hinted at in his Taped and Hidden Drawing paintings of the mid 1970s. In 1992, while teaching at Harvard University, Sean Scully revisited Morocco to film the BBC documentary The Artist's Journey: Sean Scully on Henri Matisse, with Matisse having visited Morocco in 1912 - 1913. 1993 saw the first exhibition of The Catherine Paintings, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. In 1994 he opened a second studio in Barcelona, and he returned to Morocco in 1995, to spend more time in the country. Atlas Walls is a portfolio of Scully's photographic works taken during this trip.
In 1995 Scully returned to New York, moving into a large new studio in Chelsea, Manhattan. Chelsea Wall was the first painting to be made there. Scully received a number of invitations to speak at academic institutions, and participated in the Joseph Beuys lectures on the state of contemporary art in Britain, Europe and the US, held by the Ruskin School at Oxford University, England. In 1997, Scully's photography was exhibited for the first time at the Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde in Bilbao, Spain.
Scully participated in a colloquium in conjunction with the exhibition Richard Pousette-Dart at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1998. He visited Santo Domingo in 1999, resulting in the photography portfolio Santa Domingo for Nené. That year, Scully's prints were given a retrospective at the Graphische Sammlung Albertina, in Vienna, Austria, and the Musée du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale in Gravelines. A catalogue raisonné of his prints from 1969 - 1999 was also published.
2001 - 2013
In 2001, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth acquired the complete Catherine series, eighteen paintings that each represent a year from the period 1979–1996, which was given a dedicated room for permanent exhibition in the new Museum building opened in 2002. In 2002 Scully was appointed Professor of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, a position he held through to 2007. A retrospective exhibition opened in 2004 at the Sara Hildén Museum in Tampere, Finland, which travelled to Klassik Stiftung Weimar, in Germany, and the National Gallery of Australia. While in Australia, Scully spent time traveling through the red desert interior.
Between 2005 - 2006, Sean Scully's Wall of Light series was displayed at museums around the United States. This began with the exhibition Sean Scully: Wall of Light opened at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., and traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and finally the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art to great acclaim. The same year Scully travelled with a group of students from the Art Academy in Munich, to Inisheer, an island off the Irish coast. It was here that the Aran portfolio of photographs were taken. In 2006 the Hugh Lane Gallery opened The Sean Scully Room, a dedicated, permanent installation of the artist's work, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France held an exhibition of his prints. Sean Scully: A Retrospective opened in 2007 at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and travelled to the Musée d'art moderne (Saint-Étienne), and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO) in Rome. The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. invited Scully to give the Elson Lecture in 2007.
The retrospective exhibition Constantinople or the Sensual Concealed: The Imagery of Sean Scully opened in 2009 at the MKM Museum Küppersmühlefür Moderne Kunst, in Duisburg, Germany, and traveled to the Ulster Museum, Belfast. In 2010 a tour of important early works from the 1980s started at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Carlow, Ireland, and then traveled to the Leeds Art Gallery, and the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. In 2011 the Chazen Museum of Art opened their new expansion of the museum with a solo exhibition of Scully's eight-part Liliane paintings on aluminum, and other works. Scully opened nine more solo museum exhibitions in 2012, including Notations: Sean Scully at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as exhibitions at museums like MIMA, Kunstmuseum Bern, the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, and IVAM in Valencia, Spain.
Reception in China and new projects: 2014 - 2017
In 2014, Scully opened a new studio space set in three acres in Tappan, New York, where he continued to extend the Landline series of painting begun in 2000. That same year, Scully opened fourteen solo exhibitions around the world, including the first major retrospective by a western artist in China. The exhibition, entitled Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully, opened in Beijing. The exhibition included China Piled-Up, a new monumental sculpture in corten-steel, and traveled from the Shanghai Himalayas Museum to the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, to critical acclaim. Another outdoor sculpture Boxes Full of Air was commissioned at Chateau La Coste in France.
Scully participated in the Venice Biennale for the first time, in 2015, with the solo exhibition Land Sea at the Palazzo Falier in Venice. The Museum Liaunig, in Neuhaus, Austria, opened its new building expansion with Sean Scully: Painting as an Imaginative World Appropriation. To honor his long-term friendship with art critic Arthur Danto who died in 2013, Scully published the book Danto on Scully, bringing together the series of five essays Danto had written on the artist over the previous 20 years.
In 2015 Scully completed his restoration of the 10th Church of Santa Cecília de Montserrat in Spain, and opened it to the public. Commissioned by the Museum of Montserrat to make a holistic artistic intervention in the sacred space, Scully not only permanently installed paintings but worked on site-specific frescoes, and the design of the altar and cross. The chapel is now both a working church, and also the Espai d’Art Sean Scully. Scully was awarded the V Congreso Asociacion Protecturi for his contribution to Spanish religious heritage
In 2016 Scully's second major exhibition in China, Sean Scully: Resistance and Persistence, opened at the Art Museum of the Nanjing University of the Arts, and travelled to the Guangdong Museum and the Hubei Museum in Wuhan. In the same year, as well as solo museum exhibitions in Budweis, Czech Republic, and Valencia, Spain, the artist put together two exhibitions of works from specific early periods in his private collection, one of works from the 1970s, in an off-site space in Ridgewood, Queens with Cheim & Read, and another of works from the 1980s with Mnuchin Gallery. Inspired by revisiting his earlier works, Scully began to reemploy techniques such as spray painting, that he first introduced in the late 1960s.
Over the course of 2015 - 2017, Scully's work expanded in two particular directions: sculpture and figuration. During this period, Scully began working on sculptural projects, including the Tower series using various materials such as corten steel, marble, and stainless steel, and the Stack series in both raw and painted steel were introduced. A new series of Block paintings were begun, in which Scully self-referenced his sculpture in paint. This new direction was the focus of the solo exhibition Wall of Light Cubed at Cheim & Read, NY. Scully also revisited his early exploration in figuration from the late 1960s in a series of figurative paintings titled Eleuthera which was completed between 2015 and 2017. The series was inspired by Scully's son Oisin, and was named after the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and the feminine Greek adjective ἐλεύθερος (eleútheros), meaning "free".
2018 saw Scully have a total of fourteen public exhibitions around the world. This included the installation of the monumental sculpture Boxes of Air in the Cuadra San Cristóbal, in Mexico City, along with paintings installed in the horse stalls of the iconic pink stable block. Other museum shows included: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; Hatton and Laing Galleries, Newcastle, UK; De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands; Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia; Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, among many others.
In 2019, the exhibition Sean Scully: Sea Star opened at The National Gallery, London, showcasing Scully's work alongside works by J. M. W. Turner. On April 6, 2019 director Nick Willing's documentary film Unstoppable. Sean Scully & The Art of Everything aired nationally in the UK on BBC Two. For the 58th Venice Biennale, Scully presented Sean Scully: Human at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, an exhibition of recent paintings and a new sculpture titled Opulent Ascension under the dome of the High Renaissance church by Palladio.
Arthur Danto wrote that “Sean Scully’s name belongs on the shortest of short lists of the major painters of our time”, continuing that “Scully’s historical importance lies in the way he has brought the great achievement of Abstract Expressionist painting into the contemporary moment - and in a way overcome the terms of the paragon that sent painting into exile.”
Prizes & Awards
Scully has been a member of Aosdána since 2001, and the Royal Academy of Arts since 2013. Scully received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from both Massachusetts College of Art and the National University of Ireland in 2003, and a Doctor of Letters degree from Newcastle University. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Miguel Hernández University in 2006 and 2008.
|1970||Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Prize||Won|
|1972||John Moores Painting Prize||2nd place prize|
|1974||John Moores Painting Prize||4th place prize|
|1983||National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship||Won|
|2000||Honorary Fellow of the London Institute of Arts & Letters||Won|
|2015||V Congreso Asociacion Protecturi||Won|
|2016||GAC Honorary Award||Won|
|Harper's Bazaar International Artist of the Year Award||Won|
Scully's mother Holly was a Vaudeville singer, and Sean Scully became heavily influenced by rhythm and blues in his adolescence. Scully owned and ran an R&B Club as a teenager in South London, and was briefly in an R&B band with his brother and a friend.
In 2016 the percussionist Billy Martin from the band Medeski Martin & Wood made a performative collaboration with Sean Scully's monumental corten steel sculpture Boxes of Air at Scully's Tappan studio. It culminated in ‘Boxing for Sean’, a 6 movement percussion composition performed live outdoors.
In 2019 the duo Merzouga released a 46' sound-composition "The Language of Light - Music to the Work of Sean Scully" (YLE/DLF 2019) featuring the texts and the voice of Sean Scully. Its premiere broadcast was on Dec 3, 2019 at 9pm local time on Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio. German nationwide broadcaster Deutschlandfunk co-produced the piece, the German broadcast is scheduled for February 2020
Scully first began writing about art and his own work in the 1980s, although he only truly began to include writing as part of his practice from 1996 onwards. 2016 saw the publication of Inner: the collected writings and selected interviews of Sean Scully, by HatjeCantz
Scully became a father at the age of 19, with the birth of his son Paul on May 7, 1965. Paul later died in a car accident in 1983 at the age of 18. While at Newcastle University, Scully met Rosemary Purnell, a fellow student in the Painting Department, they married in 1971 and later divorced. Scully married artist Catherine Lee in 1978, the two divorced in 1998. In 2006, he married artist Liliane Tomasko, his fourth wife. Their son Oisin Scully was born in 2009.
United States and South America
- Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC
- Albright–Knox Art Gallery – Buffalo, NY
- Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, IL
- Art Gallery of Ontario - Ontario, Canada
- The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
- Carnegie Museum of Art – Pittsburgh, PA
- Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University - Stanford, CA
- Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo – Mexico City, Mexico
- Chase Manhattan Bank – New York, NY
- Chemical Bank – New York, NY
- Cincinnati Art Museum – Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland, OH
- Contemporary Museum - Honolulu, HI
- Corcoran Gallery of Art – Washington, D.C.
- Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas, TX
- David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
- Denver Art Museum – Denver, CO
- Des Moines Art Center – Des Moines, IA
- De Young Museum - San Francisco, CA
- First Bank Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN
- Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
- Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Glenstone – Potomac, MD
- Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Washington, D.C.
- High Museum of Art – Atlanta, GA
- Hood Museum of Art – Hanover, NH
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX
- BNY Mellon Center – Pittsburgh, PA
- Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, NY
- Miami Art Museum - Miami, FL
- Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo – Caracas, Venezuela
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo – Monterrey, Mexico
- Museo de Arte Moderno - Col. Bosques de Chapultepec, Mexico
- Museo de Arte Moderno – Mexico City, Mexico
- Museum of Fine Art, Boston - Boston MA
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston– Houston, TX
- Museum of Modern Art – New York, NY
- National Gallery of Art – Washington, D.C.
- Orlando Museum of Art – Orlando, FL
- Paine Webber Group, Inc. – New York, NY
- Philip Morris, Inc. – New York, NY
- The Phillips Collection - Washington, D.C.
- Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art – Santa Barbara, CA
- Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
- Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
- Smith College Museum of Art – Northampton, MA
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- Snite Museum of Art – Notre Dame, IN
- San Diego Museum of Art - San Diego, CA
- Saint Louis Art Museum – Saint Louis, MO
- Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth, TX
- Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, MN
- Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- Yale University Art Gallery – New Haven, CT
- Abbot Hall Art Gallery – Kendal, England
- Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany
- Albertina – Vienna, Austria
- Arts Council of Great Britain – London, England
- AXA Belgique, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Banque Européenne d’Investissement – Luxembourg
- BAWAG, Vienna, Austria
- Bavarian State Painting Collections – Munich, Germany
- Bibliothèque nationale de France - Paris, France
- Birmingham Museum of Art – Birmingham, England
- British Council – London, England
- Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France
- Ceolfrith Art Center – Sunderland, England
- Château Lynch-Bages - Pauillac, France
- Museu Chillida-Leku, - Hernani, Spain
- Coleccion Conei, Barcelona, Spain
- Consejería de cultura - Santander, Spain
- Contemporary Arts Society – London, England
- Council of National Academic Awards – London, England
- Crawford Art Gallery – Cork, Ireland
- East Coast Light I (1973)
- Centre de la gravure et de l’image imprimee, La Louvière - Bruxelles, Belgium
- Daimler Art Collection – Stuttgart, Germany
- Deutsche Bank - London, UK
- DZ Bank AG Kunst sammlung / KMMM - Frankfurt, Germany
- Eastern Arts Association – Cambridge, England
- Ecole d’Arts Plastiques - Châtellerault, France
- Espace de l’Art Concret - Mouans-Sartoux, France
- EMMA, ESPOO, Museum of Modern Art – Helsinki, Finland
- Fitzwilliam Museum – Cambridge, England
- La Fondation Edelman – Lausanne, Switzerland
- Fondation Urvasco – Vittoria, Spain
- Foundation Stiftelsen Focus - Boras, Sweden
- Fundacio La Caixa – Barcelona, Spain
- Fundacion Allorda-Derksen, Barcelona, Spain
- Fundación Caixa Galicia - La Coruña, Spain
- Gallery of Modern Art László Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary
- Gertsev Collection, Moscow, Russia
- Hôtel des Arts - Toulon, France
- Hunterian Art Gallery – Glasgow, Scotland
- Hugh Lane Gallery – Dublin, Ireland
- Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) – Valencià, Spain
- Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – Dublin, Ireland
- Kunsthalle Bielefeld – Bielefeld, Germany
- Kunstmuseum Lentos Linz, Linz, Austria
- Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – Düsseldorf, Germany
- Kunsthaus Zürich – Zürich, Switzerland
- Kunst und Museumsverein Wuppertal – Wuppertal, Germany
- Laing Art Gallery – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
- László Vass Collection, Veszprém, Hungary’
- Leicestershire Educational Authority – Leicester, England
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – Humlebaek, Denmark
- The Maramotti Collection, Reggio-Emilia, Italy
- Manchester Art Gallery– Manchester, England
- Museum Folkwang – Essen, Germany
- Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
- Musée d'art moderne (Saint-Étienne) – Saint-Etienne, France
- Musee du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale – Gravelines, France
- Musée Jenisch - Vevey, Switzerland
- Musee National d´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou - Paris, France
- Musee de Roland-Garros - Paris, France
- Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMBO), Bologna, Italy
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Madrid, Spain
- Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art - Barcelona, Spain
- Mumok, Stiftung Ludwig – Vienna, Austria
- Museum Pfalzgalerie – Kaiserslautern, Germany
- National Museum Cardiff – Cardiff, Wales
- Northern Arts Association - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
- Norwich Castle, Norwich, England
- Open Museum, Environmental & Heritage Resource Centre, Leicestershire, England
- Pier Arts Centre – Orkney, Scotland
- Ruhr University Bochum - Bochum, Germany
- Saastamoisen Saatio - Helsinki, Finland
- Sala Rekalde - Bilbao, Spain
- Sammlung Essl - Vienna, Austria
- Sara Hilden Art Museum - Tampere, Finland
- Staatsgalerie Stuttgart – Stuggart, Germany
- Staatliche Museen Kassel, Neue Galerie - Kassel, Germany
- Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich, Germany
- Lenbachhaus – Munich, Germany
- Tate Modern – London, England
- The UBS Art Collection – Zurich/Basel, Switzerland
- Ulster Museum – Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
- Victoria and Albert Museum – London, England
- Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
- Whitworth Art Gallery – Manchester, England
- Willy Michel Collection, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
- ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) – Karlsruhe, Germany
- University of Limerick – Limmerick, Ireland
- Art Gallery of New South Wales – Sydney, Australia
- National Gallery of Australia – Canberra, Australia
- National Gallery of Victoria – Felton Bequest – Melbourne, Australia
- Power Institute of Contemporary Art – Sydney, Australia
- Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation - Tokyo, Japan
- Nagoya City Art Museum - Nagoya
- Tokyo International Forum - Tokyo
Selected works about Scully
||Maurice Poirier||Hudson Hills Press|
|1991||Sean Scully: Prints from the Garner Tullis Workshop
||David Carrier||Garner Tullis|
||David Carrier||Thames and Hudson|
|The Color of Time. The Photographs of Sean Scully
||Philippe Monsel||Éditions Cercle D’Art|
||Pilar Escanerode Miguel||Thames and Hudson|
|2009||Kunstwerkstatt Sean Scully
||Helmut Friedel||Prestel Verlag|
|2015||Danto on Scully
||Daniel Herwitz and Arthur Danto||HatjeCantzVerlag/Cheim and Read|
|2017||‘Painting Earns Its Stripes’ and other essays
||Arthur Danto||Shanghai Fine Arts Publisher|
Selected works by Sean Scully
|1998||Mark Rothko: Corps de Lumière
|2006||Sean Scully: Resistance and Persistence: Selected Writings
||Florence Ingleby||Merrell Publishers|
|2007||Sean Scully: Walls of Aran
||Colm Tóibín||Thames and Hudson|
|Sean Scully: Cuerpos de luz/Bodies of Light
||Fundación Juan March|
|2008||Sean Scully: La surface peinte
||Daniel Lelong Éditeur|
|2016||Inner: The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully
||Kelly Grovier||Hatje Cantz Verlag|
|2019||Sean Scully: Walls of Aran, Compact Edition
||Colm Tóibín||Thames and Hudson|
Solo & two person exhibition catalogues
|1975||William Feaver||Sean Scully. Paintings 1974||La Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica|
|1981||Joseph Masheck, Sam Hunter||Sean Scully. Paintings 1971-1981||Ikon Gallery, Birmingham|
|1985||John Caldwell, David Carrier, Amy Lighthill||Sean Scully||Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute|
|1986||Joseph Masheck||Sean Scully. Paintings 1985-1986||David McKee Gallery|
|1987||Pamela Auchincloss||Sean Scully. Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop||Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York|
|Mari Rantanen||Sean Scully/Harvey Quaytman||Helsinki Festival, Helsinki|
|Susanne Lambrecht||Sean Scully||Galerie Schmela/Mayor Rowan Gallery, Düsseldorf/London|
|1988||Neil Benezra||Sean Scully||Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago|
|John Loughery||Sean Scully||Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo|
|1989||Sean Scully. Paintings 1987-1988||David McKee Gallery, New York|
|Carter Ratcliff||Sean Scully. Paintings and Works on Paper 1982-88||Whitechapel Gallery, London|
|1990||Sean Scully. Paintings 1989-1990||David McKee Gallery, New York|
|Sean Scully. Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop|
|Sean Scully||Galerie De France, Paris|
|Sean Scully/Donald Sultan: Abstraction/Representation||Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford|
|1991||Carter Ratcliff||Sean Scully||Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich|
|1992||Sean Scully. Woodcuts||Garner Tullis, New York|
|Paul Bonaventura||Sean Scully||Waddington Custot, London|
|1993||Carter Ratcliff, Arthur Danto, Steven Henry Madoff||Sean Scully. The Catherine Paintings||Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth|
|Armin Zweite||Sean Scully. Paintings and Works on Paper||Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich|
|1994||Demetrio Paparoni||Sean Scully. The light in the darkness||Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo|
|Francisco Jarauta||Sean Scully. Obragráfica 1991-1994||Galeria DV, San Sebastian|
|1995||Jean Frémon||Sean Scully. “Place.”||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Hans-Michael Herzong||Sean Scully. The Catherine Paintings||Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld|
|Enrique Juncosa||Sean Scully||Waddington Galleries, London|
|Ned Rifkin, Victoria Combalia, Lynne Cooke, Armin Zweite||Sean Scully. Twenty Years, 1976-1995||High Museum of Art, Atlanta|
|Ned Rifkin||Sean Scully. Twenty Years, 1976-1995||Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC|
|Bernd Klüser and Sean Scully||Sean Scully. The Beauty of the Real||Gallerie Bernd Klüser, Munich|
|1996||Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully. “Catherine Paintings” aquarelles||Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
|Victoria Combalia and Engrique Juncosa||Sean Scully||Galleria Carles Taché, Barcelona|
|Demetrio Paparoni, Sean Scully||Sean Scully. Obra Gràfica Recent||Galeria D’art, Barcelona|
|Danilo Eccher, David Carrier, Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully||Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan/Charta, Bologna/Milan:|
|Jean-Louis Schefer, Xavier Girard, Arthur Danto||Sean Scully||Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris|
|Ned Rifkin, Victoria Combalia, Lynne Cooke, Armin Zweite||Sean Scully. Vintanys, 1976-1995||Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona|
|Sean Scully. ZwanzigJahre, 1976-1995||Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt|
|Michael Semff, Arthur Danto, and Mario-Andreas von Lüttichau||Sean Scully. Works on Paper||Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich|
|1997||Mark Glazebrook and Irving Sandler||Sean Scully. Paintings||Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester|
|Armin Zweite||Sean Scully||Galeria DV, San Sebastian|
|Francisco Jarauta, Kevin Power, Jean-Louis Schefer||Sean Scully||Sala de Exposiciones REKALDE, Bilbao|
|Jean Frémon||Sean Scully||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|1998||Francisco Jarauta||Sean Scully||Galería Antonia Puyó, Zaragoza|
|Jean Frémon||Échiquier du rêve||L’Échoppe, Paris|
|Jérôme Sans||Lawrence Carroll and Sean Scully.||Lawing Gallery, Houston|
|Sean Scully||Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich|
|Helmut Friedel, Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully||BAWAG, Vienna|
|Sean Scully||Galerie Haas and Fuchs, Berlin|
|1999||Edward Lucie-Smith, Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully||South London Gallery, London|
|John Yau||Sean Scully||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|John Yau, Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully. New Paintings and Works on Paper||Danese/Galerie Lelong, New York|
|Sean Scully, Federico García Lorca, Bernd Klüser||Sean Scully. Barcelona Paintings and Recent Editions||Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich|
|Kevin Power||Sean Scully||Kerlin Gallery, Dublin|
|Victoria Martino, Julia Klüser||Sean Scully. Prints: Catalogue Raisonné 1968-1999||Galerie Lelong/Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich|
|2000||Francisco Jarauta||Sean Scully||Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona|
|Julia Klüser||Sean Scully. Estampes 1983-1999||Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen|
|2001||Sean Scully||Sean Scully. Cuaderno de Artista||Matador, Madrid|
|Daniel Abadie||Sean Scully. Light to Dark||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Armin Zweite, Bernd Klüser, Francisco Jaraunta, Hans-Michael Herzog, Maria Müller||Sean Scully. Paintings Pastels Watercolors Photographs 1990-2000||Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf|
|Karin Hennig||Sean Scully||Künstler, München|
|Arthur Danto||Sean Scully. Light and Gravity||Knoedler and Company, New York|
|Sean Scully||Coming and Going: A Kata||Film Study Center, Harvard University, Cambridge|
|Michael Auping||Sean Scully. Wall of Light/Muro de Luz||Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey|
|2002||Armin Zweite||Sean Scully: Óleos Pasteles Acuarelas Fotografías||Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia:|
|Ronaldo Brito||Sean Scully. Wall of Light||Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro|
|Fernando Francés||Sean Scully||Cámera De Comercio De Cantabria, Santander|
|Ulrich Bischoff||Sean Scully zu Gast in der Galerie Neue Meister||Galerie Neue Mesiter, Dresden|
|2003||Maria Lluïsa Borràs i Gonzàlez||Sean Scully||Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona|
|Kevin Power||Sean Scully: Wall of Light, Figures||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|Gilles Altieri, Pierre Wat, Francisco Jarauta, Hans-Michael Herzog||Sean Scully||Hôtel des Arts, Toulon|
|Timo Vuorikoski, Donald Kuspit, Jürgen Habermas||Sean Scully||Sara Hildén Art Husem, Tampere|
|2004||Michael Peppiatt||Sean Scully. Winter Robe||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Florian Steinberg, Wilhelm Christoph Warning||Sean Scully and John Groom||Galerie 422, Gmunden|
|M. J. Balsach||Sean Scully. Dedicado a Federico García Lorca||Casa, Museo Federico García Lorca, Granada|
|Brian Kennedy, Jörg Hutter, Timo Vuorikoski, Arthur Danto, Jürgen Habermas, Donald Kuspit, Liliane Tomasko, Shaune A. Lakin||Sean Scully. Body of Light||National Gallery of Australia, Canberra|
|Enrique Juncosa, Jürgen Habermas, Kevin Power||Tigresen el jardín/Tigers in the garden||Centro José Guerrero, Granada|
|2005||Sean Scully||Sean Scully||Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh|
|William Feaver||Sean Scully. Paintings and Works on Paper||Abbot Hall Art Gallery/Lakeland Arts, Kendal|
|Stephen Bennett Phillips, Michael Auping, Anne L. Strauss||Sean Scully. Wall of Light||The Phillips Collection, Rizzoli/Washington DC/New York|
|Victoria Combalia, Lowery Stokes Sims||Sean Scully. Para García Lorca||Sala de Exposiciones Acala 31, Madrid|
|Marianne Heinz, Liliane Tomasko||Sean Scully. Malerie: kleine Formate||Staatliche Museen, Kassel|
|Mia Fineman||Sean Scully. Fotografías||Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona|
|2006||John Yau||Sean Scully. Recent Paintings||L.A. Louver, Venice|
|Uwe Wieczorek||Sean Scully. Die Architektur der Farbe/The Architecture of Color||Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz|
|Sue Hubbard||Sean Scully||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|2007||Danilo Eccher, Lorand Hegyi, Maria Lluïsa Borràs i Gonzàlez, Donald Kuspit||Sean Scully: A retrospective||Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona/Thames and Hudson, London|
|2008||Sue Hubbard||Sean Scully. La surface peinte||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Brian Kennedy||Sean Scully. The Art of the Stripe||Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover|
|Sean Scully, Brian Kennedy||Sean Scully. The Art of the Stripe. Exhibition Guide|
|Looking at Sean Scully's Paintings.|
|2009||Susanne Kleine, Walter Smerling||Sean Scully. Konstantinopleoder Die versteckteSinnlichkeit. Die Bilderwelt von Sean Scully||Museum Küppersmühle, Munich|
|Paul Köser||Sean Scully||Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg|
|László Hegyeshalmi, Walter Storms, Helmut Friedel||Sean Scully. Emotion and Structure||House of Fine Arts/Modern Gallery- László Vass Collection/Walter Storms Gallery, Veszprém/Munich|
|Tiffany Bell||Sean Scully||Edizioni Charta, Milan|
|Hans-Michael Herzog, Mauricio Sotelo, Sean Scully, Florian Steininger||Sean Scully||Galerie Carles Taché, S. L., Barcelona|
|2010||Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, Arthur C. Danto and Armin Zweite||Sean Scully Works from the 1980s||VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theater, Carlow/Leeds Art Gallery|
|Richard Ingleby||Sean Scully Iona||Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh|
|David Cohen||Sean Scully||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|Hans Albrecht Lusznat, Björn Kurt||Sean Scully: Art Comes from Need||Sisyphos Film München, München:||DVD/90 min.|
|2011||Reinhard Spieler, Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, Arthur Danto, Armin Zweite||Sean Scully Werkeaus den 1980er Jahren||Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen|
|Lenore D. Miller, Stephen Bennett Phillips||Sean Scully: Works on Paper||Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, Washington DC|
|Kelly Grovier||Sean Scully: Paintings and Watercolors.||Chazen Museum of Art, Madison|
|Sean Scully, Kelly Grovier||Tin Mal/Cut Ground||Kerlin Gallery, Dublin|
|2012||Joanna Kleinberg, Brett Littman||Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals||Drawing Center, New York|
|Matthais Frehner, Annick Haldemann, Brigitte Reutner||Sean Scully. Grey Wolf-Retrospektive||Museum of Fine Arts, Bern|
|Oscar Humphries, Kelly Grovier, Ben Luke, and Sean Scully||Sean Scully: Doric||Oliver Wood, London|
|Kosme de Barañano, Kelly Grovier||Sean Scully: Light of the South||TF Editores, Madrid|
|Lóránd Hegyi, Eunmi Lee||Sean Scully: The Evocative Capacity of Painting||Wooson Gallery, Daegu|
|2013||Sean Scully||The Verey Gallery, Eton College, Windsor|
|Andrea Leventis||Sean Scully: Works from the 70s||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|Joanna Kleinberg, Brett Littman, Colm Tóibín, Peter Benson Miller, Maria Giuseppina Di Monte||Change and Horizontals||Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome|
|Sean Scully, Gregory Perry, Simon Martin||Triptychs. Sean Scully||Pallant House Gallery, Chichester|
|John Yau||Sean Scully. Night and Day||Cheim & Read|
|2014||Jean Frémon, Kelly Grovier, Christos Paridis||Sean Scully. Doric||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Christopher Lewis, Kelly Grovier, Jacqueline Thalmann||Sean Scully Encounters: A New Master among Old Masters||Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford|
|Kelly Grovier, Richard Williams||Sean Scully: Kind of Red||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|Sean Scully, Beate Reifenscheid, Marc O’Sullivan||Sean Scully. Figure/Abstract||Ludwig Museum, Berlin|
|Sean Scully, Philip Dodd, Ding Yi, Wang Huangsheng, Arthur Danto, Jürgen Habermas, John Yau||Follow the Heart. The Art of Sean Scully: 1964-2014||Shanghai Himalayas Museum/CAFA Art Museum, Beijing|
|Sean Scully||Sean Scully. China Piled Up. Sculpture Spec||Timothy Taylor Gallery, London|
|2015||Jacopa Crivelli Viscont, Philip Dodd, Sean Scully||Sean Scully: 1974-2015||Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Sean Scully, Danilo Eccher, Kelly Grovier, Ben Luke, Hans-Ulrich Obrist||Sean Scully Land Sea||Venice Biennale, Italy|
|Declan Long||Sean Scully: HOME||Kerlin Gallery, Dublin|
|Sean Rainbird, Kelly Grovier, Lochlann Quinn||Sean Scully||National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin|
|Kelly Grovier, Bono, Reinhard Spieler, Sean Scully||Sean Scully: Bricklayer of the Soul||Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany|
|Peter Baum||Sean Scully. MalereialsWeltaneignung||Museum Liauning, Neuhaus, Austria|
|Kelly Grovier||Sean Scully Different Places||Château La Coste, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin|
|2016||Sean Scully, Philip Dodd||Sean Scully: Resistance and Persistence- Paintings 1967-2015 London and New York||Nanjing University of the Arts/Guangdong Museum of Art/Hubei Museum of Art|
|Javier Molins||Scully and Tomasko||Fundación Bancaja, Spain|
|Robert Mnuchin, Sukanya Rajaratnam, Michael McGinniss||Sean Scully. The Eighties||Mnuchin Gallery, New York|
|Daniel Abaide||Sean Scully. Metal||Galerie Lelong, Paris|
|Timothy Taylor||Sean Scully. Horizon||Musumeci S. p. A., Italy|
|2017||Sean Scully, Liliane Tomasko, Florian Steininger, Valeria Waibel||beide|both: Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko.||Kustwerk Sammlung Klein, Germany|
|John Cheim, Pac Pobric, Elle Robinson||Sean Scully||Cheim & Read|
|Josep M Soler, Mercè Conesa, Francesc Xavier Altés I Aguiló, Eduard Sánchez, Xavier Guitart Tarrés, Albert Mercadé, Daniel Giralt-Miracle||Santa Cecília de Montserrat. Del Segle X A Sean Scully||Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, Barcelona|
|Kelly Grovier, Evgenia Petrova, Olga Sviblova||Sean Scully. Facing East||Russian Museum, St. Petersburg|
|2018||Sean Scully, Kelly Grovier, Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, Oscar Humphries||Sean Scully, San Cristóbal||Oscar Humphries, San Cristóbal|
|Sukanya Rajaratnam||Sean Scully. Wall of Light||Mnuchin Gallery, New York|
|Sean Scully, Frances Spalding, Edward Lucie-Smith, William Feaver, Robert C. Morgan||Sean Scully. 1970||Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery/Walker Art Gallery|
|Kirsten Claudia Voigt, Tanja Pirsig-Marshall||Sean Scully Vita Duplex||Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe/Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster|
|Alfredo Cramerotti, Sean Scully||Standing on the Edge of the World: Sean Scully||Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong|
|Sinéad Morrissey||Crossings: Poets respond to the Art of Sean Scully||Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle University|
|Rudi Fuchs, Kelly Grovier, Declan Long||Sean Scully: Landlines and other recent works,||De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art,|
|Melissa Chiu, Patricia Hickson, Kelly Grovier, Stéphane Aquin||Sean Scully: Landline||Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Books|
|Harry Blain, Alexander Borovsky, Ben Luke||Sean Scully: Uninsideout||Blain Southern, London|
|Marla Price||Sean Scully: Catalogue Raisonée of the Paintings, Volume II, 1980-1989||Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in association with Hatje Cantz|
|2019||Justus Kewenig, Jon Wood, Kirsten Voigt, Sean Scully, Clare Lilley, Peter Murray||Sean Scully. Sculpture||HatjeCantz|
|Carmelo Grasso, Norberto Villa, Kelly Grovier, Javier Molins||Sean Scully. Human||Abazzia di San Giorgio Maggiore, Skira|
|Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Werner Spies, Sean Scully, Elizabeth Dutz, Kelly Grovier||Sean Scully: Eleuthera||Albertina/Kerber Art Verlag|
|Anna Bernardini, Kelly Grovier, Marta Spanevello||Sean Scully: Long Light||FAI Villa Panza, Magonza|
|Daniel F. Herrmann, Colin Higgins||Sean Scully at the National Gallery: Sea Star||National Gallery Company, London|
|Alcalde de Malaga, Helena Juncosa, Sean Scully, Werner Spies||Sean Scully: Eleuthera||Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga|
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