Sean Scully

The Eighties
September 13 – October 22, 2016
Installation Views
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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

 

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

 

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

 

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

 

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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All Artwork © Sean Scully 
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Art Works
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Sean Scully

Bonin

1982

oil on Masonite with wood support

18 x 24 1/2 inches (45.7 x 62.2 cm)

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Sean Scully

Kasos

1982

oil on board

15 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches (39.1 x 33.3 cm)

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Sean Scully

Ridge

1982

oil on board

15 x 16 inches (38.1 x 40.6 cm)

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Sean Scully
Bear
1982
oil on wood
21 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (55.6 x 43.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Shelter Island

1982

oil on linen

45 x 54 inches (114.3 x 137.2 cm)

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Sean Scully

By Night and By Day

1983

oil on canvas

97 x 141 1/4 inches (247.7 x 360.7 cm)

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Sean Scully 

No Neo

1984

oil on linen

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Long Night

1985

oil on canvas and wood

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Music

1986

oil on linen

96 x 108 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches (243.8 x

274.6 x 9.5 cm)

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Sean Scully

Triptych Aran

1986

oil on linen

60 1/4 x 36 inches (153 x 91.4 cm)

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Sean Scully

A Green Place

1987

oil on linen

84 x 86 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (213.4 x 219.7 x 13.3 cm)

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Sean Scully

Empty Heart

1987

oil on linen

72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Sean Scully

Stranger

1987

oil on linen

96 x 124 inches (243.8 x 315 cm)

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Sean Scully

Summer

1987

oil on linen

60 x 96 inches (152.4 x 243.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Four Four

1987-88

oil on canvas

60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

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Sean Scully

A Bedroom in Venice

1988

oil on canvas

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

 

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Sean Scully

Red Line Diptych

1988

oil on canvas

100 x 88 1/2 inches (254 x 224.5 cm)

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Sean Scully

White Light

1988

oil on linen

72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Sean Scully

Secret Sharer

1989

oil on linen

100 x 126inches (254 x 320 cm)

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Sean Scully 

The Dark

1989

oil on linen

96 x 84 inches (243.8 x 213.4 cm)

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Sean Scully

Bonin

1982

oil on Masonite with wood support

18 x 24 1/2 inches (45.7 x 62.2 cm)

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Sean Scully

Kasos

1982

oil on board

15 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches (39.1 x 33.3 cm)

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Sean Scully

Ridge

1982

oil on board

15 x 16 inches (38.1 x 40.6 cm)

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Sean Scully
Bear
1982
oil on wood
21 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (55.6 x 43.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Shelter Island

1982

oil on linen

45 x 54 inches (114.3 x 137.2 cm)

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Sean Scully

By Night and By Day

1983

oil on canvas

97 x 141 1/4 inches (247.7 x 360.7 cm)

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Sean Scully 

No Neo

1984

oil on linen

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Long Night

1985

oil on canvas and wood

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Music

1986

oil on linen

96 x 108 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches (243.8 x

274.6 x 9.5 cm)

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Sean Scully

Triptych Aran

1986

oil on linen

60 1/4 x 36 inches (153 x 91.4 cm)

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Sean Scully

A Green Place

1987

oil on linen

84 x 86 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (213.4 x 219.7 x 13.3 cm)

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Sean Scully

Empty Heart

1987

oil on linen

72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Sean Scully

Stranger

1987

oil on linen

96 x 124 inches (243.8 x 315 cm)

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Sean Scully

Summer

1987

oil on linen

60 x 96 inches (152.4 x 243.8 cm)

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Sean Scully

Four Four

1987-88

oil on canvas

60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

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Sean Scully

A Bedroom in Venice

1988

oil on canvas

96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 cm)

 

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Sean Scully

Red Line Diptych

1988

oil on canvas

100 x 88 1/2 inches (254 x 224.5 cm)

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Sean Scully

White Light

1988

oil on linen

72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Sean Scully

Secret Sharer

1989

oil on linen

100 x 126inches (254 x 320 cm)

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Sean Scully 

The Dark

1989

oil on linen

96 x 84 inches (243.8 x 213.4 cm)

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Press Release

Sean Scully

The Eighties
September 13 – October 22, 2016

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to present Sean Scully: The Eighties, a solo exhibition of paintings by Sean Scully (b. 1945, Dublin), the globally renowned painter celebrated for his singular, poetic mode of Post-Minimalist abstraction. The exhibition will present a focused look at the pivotal decade of the artist’s career in which he transitioned away from the precisely striped and gridded canvases of his early work into the painterly, multipart constructions that characterize his practice today. This will be the first exhibition in the United States to examine this breakthrough moment in Scully’s oeuvre, tracing his evolution from 1982 through 1989. The exhibition will bring together examples from museums and private collections and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated, hardcover catalogue authored by Deborah Solomon.

Selected Press

Hudson Review

At the Galleries
January 19, 2017

Uptown, at Mnuchin Gallery, “Sean Scully: The Eighties” revisited some of this powerful abstract painter’s formative works—essentially the foundation of his preoccupations to date. The exhibited paintings, begun when Scully had definitively established himself in New York, after emigrating from England, are early manifestations of his now familiar vocabulary of blocks and bands of mysterious, unnameable color, applied with rough, deliberate strokes.
 

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Spear's

Earning His Stripes
December, 2016

Sean Scully has a deep emotional attachment to his art, so he has no time for the coolness of today’s abstraction

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Artcritical

True Stripes: Sean Scully at Mnuchin
October 21, 2016

More than 25 years since they were made, the paintings in “Sean Scully: The Eighties,” now at Mnuchin, have lost none of their potency. In fact, for this viewer, they have only increased in resonance. The early ‘80s represented a transitional moment in Scully’s career, and by the end of the decade a mode of painting emerged that was assertively and recognizably the artist’s own.

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Glass Magazine

Glass revisits a Montauk moment with Sean Scully: The Eighties
October 19, 2016

Currently on show at Mnuchin Gallery New York, Sean Scully: The Eighties is a rare and excellent opportunity to delve into a crucial moment of the painter’s work and development as an artist. The foundations for Scully’s breakthrough can be found in those years, and in Montauk he had reached a watershed.
 

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Painters' Table

Seen in New York, September 2016
October 1, 2016

If you’re a devotee of Sean Scully’s earlier work, this has been a good year for you. In the spring, Cheim and Read hung an excellent and quite surprising show of the painter’s work from the 70s in a raw, industrial space in Queens. In September, Mnuchin Gallery followed with a selection of Scully’s work from the 80s.

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IN New York Magazine

More Than Stripes
October, 2016

In "Sean Scully: The Eighties," paintings like "By Night and by Day" show how Scully employed moody colors, overlapping layers of pigment and expressive brushwork to create sensual geometrics imbued with romantic explorations of color, light and texture. 
 

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Esquire

Frame by Frame
October, 2016

Sean Scully's painting style came about almost by accident. He used some leftover shelving to frame the doors and interior windows of his New York studio--and simply kept at it. He made his own stretchers, adding frames inside frames, which resulted in his signature invention: a painting that is really a series of paintings within, beside, and on top of other paintings. They are, literally and figuratively, layered.
 

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CRUSHfanzine

HAUNTED SQUARES, UNSETTLED HUES: SEAN SCULLY AT MNUCHIN GALLERY
September 29, 2016

“I’ve made 1,400 paintings by hand. You’d have to be a madman to do that,” recites Sean Scully in his 2015 interview with The Guardian. The Irish-born painter has been religiously studying color, form, and texture for decades. He depicts basic human conditions such as grief, fear, or ardor without the delineated boundaries of representation. Bulky lines bordered by hazy brushstrokes and complicated geometric structures encapsulate a dangerous mind’s journey. The Eighties, his current exhibition at the Upper East Side’s Mnuchin Gallery, focuses on the era during which Scully turned away from meticulous and “clean” forms in favor of less premeditated and sculptural paintings – all the while maintaining his devotion to abstraction.

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Village Voice

Dial It Back: Sean Scully Goes from Severe to Soft at Mnuchin Gallery
September 28, 2016

Sean Scully began his "five-year love affair with minimalism," as he later called it, in 1975, just after moving from the U.K. to New York. His paintings of that period were cold, "severe, invulnerable canvases," he once said, often done only in gradations of black.
 

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Studio International

Sean Scully: ‘The stripe can do anything in any direction, and since it is so common, it corresponds to everything around us’
September 20, 2016

Sean Scully (b Dublin, 1945) first gained international acclaim during the 1960s, with his hard-edged, brightly coloured paintings. His current exhibition at Mnuchin Gallery, New York, entitled Sean Scully: The Eighties,is the first to examine the pivotal moment in the artist’s career when he abandoned gridded, crisp compositions for a more painterly and poetic style. The artist has been committed to this approach to painting ever since. Scully, who in 2014 became the only western artist to have had a career-length retrospective in China, is currently the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, and later this year will have solo museum shows in the Czech Republic, Spain and New York.
 

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The Art Newspaper

Three to see: New York
September 15, 2016

Sean Scully: the Eighties at Mnuchin Gallery highlights the artist's paintings from 1982-89, the period when he began making multi-panel constructions and traded in his brightly-hued, hard-edged precision for a more painterly style and moody palette.

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The New York Times

Robin Pogrebin interviews Sean Scully at Mnuchin Gallery
September 13, 2016

Financial Times

Sean Scully at New York's Mnuchin Gallery
September 9, 2016

Sean Scully: The Eighties (September 13-October 22) will be the first solo exhibition in the US dedicated to this decade of the artist’s career – a period that saw him move away from his precisely striped and gridded canvases of the 1970s to a more painterly approach that incorporated subtler shapes and multipart constructions. Organised in conjunction with the artist – and assisted by museums, dealers (including Timothy Taylor, Cheim & Read, and Galerie Lelong) and private collections – the Mnuchin Gallery show will highlight Scully’s object-like canvases that explore the geometries and architectural motifs inspired by his years living in New York.

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T Magazine

This Fall, Stripes are In (at New York Galleries, at Least)
September 6, 2016

If the LeWitt and Sandback shows are more conceptual, a Sean Scully painting exhibition at the Upper East Side’s Mnuchin Gallery will reveal just how personal a stripe can be. “Stripes are obviously central to Scully’s career,” says the gallery partner Sukanya Rajaratnam. While Frank Stella and his brand of minimalism influenced the artist, Scully took his work in a more “human direction” and imbued it with emotion and metaphor; some of the pieces, created following his older son’s death in 1987, use what Rajaratnaram notes is “a more somber palette.” (One work is even titled “Empty Heart.”)
 

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Artinfo.com

Sean Scully's Post-Minimalist Abstraction at Mnuchin Gallery
July 26, 2016

Irish artist Sean Scully’s solo exhibition of paintings, entitled “Sean Scully: The Eighties,” will be on display at Mnuchin Gallery in New York from September 13 through October 22.

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The New York Times

Scullys for Sale
July 22, 2016

It wasn’t easy for the Dublin-born Sean Scully to make the abstract work that he did in the 1980s; given the trend toward figuration at the time, he was paddling hard against the tide. “I suffered a tremendous crisis,” Mr. Scully, 71, said in a telephone interview from what he described as “a loft in a farm in Bavaria, looking at the Alps.” “I thought that abstract painting in the form of Minimalism had stopped speaking to people,” he continued. “I do have patience and an indomitable spirit, so it’s worked out.”

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Art Market Monitor

Mnuchin Thinks Sean Scully’s Abstracts Are Undervalued, Invites You to Consider
July 22, 2016

Sean Scully’s work comes and goes quietly on the art market making new record or near-record prices every few years. Earlier this Summer, the Irish American painter saw his best price in pounds at Christie’s for a 1992 work.

 

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