Palazzo Drips With Scully Wonders
VENICE -- A major new exhibition dedicated to the Irish artist Sean Scully, is planned for Venice this May to coincide with the 56th La Biennale di Venezia International Exhibition which takes place 6 May – 22 November 2015.
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Located in the imposing Palazzo Falier on the Grand Canal, 'Land Sea' will feature a broad selection of new works, many monumental in scale and conceived specifically for this exhibition, offering compelling insight into Sean Scully’s recent practice and reaffirming his position as one of the leading figures of abstract painting.
The exhibition is being curated by Danilo Eccher, and has been commissioned by Fondazione Volume! in Rome.
Among the works included are a number of significant pieces from the series 'Doric', powerful compositions on aluminum in which the exploration of architectural motifs vies with the intensity of the color.
Alongside these hang selected works from the 'Landline series'.
Composed of wide horizontal stripes of blue, grey and green that appear to lean into each other, the sense of movement is rendered almost palpable by the fissures of color that seem to hold the viewer in an uncertain space.
Speaking about the exhibition, Sean Scully remarked: “In making these paintings I was preoccupied with my memories of Venice, the movement of the water, how it heaves against the brick and stone of the city.
From my studio south of Munich I often get in the car and drive a few hours down to Venice. It was the impressions from these trips that I brought back into the studio; I was painting the memories of Venice into the works.”
The exhibition pays tribute to a style of painting where color is the undisputed protagonist, heightened by the light and brilliance of Venice.
The works hark back to a long tradition of Venetian painting, from Tintoretto’s luminism to Bellini’s tonalism and Titian's chromatic materiality, while insisting on the rigor of contemporary conceptualism.
As Danilo Eccher says: “The paintings in this exhibition emanate a sense of history yet remain resolutely contemporary. They balance severe geometry with the romantic sincerity of landscape painting.”
Sean Scully, was raised in North London and lives in New York.
He first revolutionized abstract painting in the 1980s, and is undoubtedly one of the leading artists of his generation. Working outside trends and fashion, his canvases remain instantly recognizable and idiosyncratic, capturing something of the human condition, the intellectual, the spiritual and the emotional.
His solo show in Venice will follow closely after major exhibition openings at the Kunsthalle Rostock in February, the Chinese Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in Beijing in March, and the Sao Paulo Pinakotec in April.
In June this year, the artist will also transform a 10th Century Benedictine monastery in Montserrat, Spain. Coinciding with the opening in Montserrat and the artist’s 70th birthday, Hatje Cantz will publish a major book celebrating Scully’s oeuvre.
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