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Image of Sean Scully - Celtique

Sean Scully - Celtique

Sean Scully

Essay by Joachim Pissarro

32 x 24 cm - 12 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
121 pages
Edition of 500
Almine Rech Editions

ISBN: 978-2-930573-34-2

Published in conjunction with Sean Scully's exhibition 'Celtique' held at Château de Boisgeloup, Gisors, France, from October 26 to November 17, 2019.


Boisgeloup Opens its Doors to Scully,
Scully Opens his Doors to Boisgeloup

‘Ideas and plans that existed in the mind at the start were simply the doorway through which one left the world in which they occur.’ – Mark Rothko

‘What makes him the most important abstract artist of his generation is his capacity to utilize [older] sources as a door to essentially unpredictable ways.’ – David Carrier

The image of the door or doorway offers an abiding metaphor, or unifying thread that can be traced through much of Sean Scully’s work over the past decades. In his own words, Scully has “always been fascinated with the architecture, the architectural metaphor, of the door, of the passing through.” Indeed, the door is most evidently visible, even palpable, in the projections, retractions, and clashing of orthogonal and parallel bands, constitutive of his iconic stripe paintings. The doorway often functions (like the window, another metaphor Scully is fond of) as a conduit between light and obscurity, outside and inside – “a way of looking at two things at once, a way of actually inserting another presence into a field.”

- Joachim Pissarro

Image of Sean Scully - Celtique
Image of Sean Scully - Celtique
Image of Sean Scully - Celtique
Image of Sean Scully - Celtique