20. 07. 12. - 16:10
Sean Scully exhibition at the Lentos in Linz
by Lisa Walzel
An exhibition devoted to Irish-born artist Sean Scully is set to open at the Kunstmuseum Lentos in Linz next week.
The abstract artist is said to be one of the most important figures of the genre in the world.
Around 50 pieces will be presented covering his creative period from the 60s to the present.
Speaking about the exhibition, Scully said it was important to include some paintings from the beginning phase of his career because they differ tremendously from his later works.
But he especially wanted to put emphasis on works painted in America because he has already exhibited his European pieces on a number of occasions between 1980 and 2000.
Scully’s style is characterised by horizontal and vertical squares, which are divided into bars and stripes in order to create a grid system that is supposed to organize our chaotic world. The reason for his desire for harmony and order could stem from his childhood. The painter was raised in a poor quarter of London, where his youth was shaped by violence and desperation.
Today he lives and works in New York, Barcelona, and Königsdorf. A number of his works are permanently on show at some of the most significant galleries around the world.
The exhibition in Linz will be shown from 22 July to 7 October 2012.