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Sean Scully 1974–2015

11 Apr 2015
28 Jun 2015

APR 11, 2015
JUN 28, 2015

In April, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the art museum of São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, presents the exhibit: Sean Scully: 1974–2015, opening on April 11.

Sponsored by Credit Suisse, Oi, and Iguatemi São Paulo, with cultural support of Oi Futuro, this is the first major retrospective in Brazil of this celebrated Irish artist. Scully’s works have rarely been seen in Brazil. In 2002 at the Rio de Janeiro Biennial and at Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, and now at the Pinacoteca, visitors can appreciate an overview of his creation in 46 works produced from 1974 to 2014, a large sampling that allows spectators to observe the variations in his creative process.

Sean Scully was born in Ireland in 1945, he was raised in London, and has lived in the United States since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen. He is the most important abstract painter of his generation. His work is internationally acclaimed and is part of some of the world’s foremost collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City; Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Tate, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; and Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain.

Sean Scully’s paintings are abstract, composed of precise geometric shapes, with clear and demarcated lines. There are paintings with protruding blocks with a difference in thickness. He uses a variety of color palettes, ranging from shades of black and rich variations of brown and red, to vibrant colors like blue-pink and canary yellow.

In this exhibit, one can also see watercolors and pastels lesser known to the general public. Some of his paintings are very striking for their size, such as Darkness Here, 1989. Also on view in this exhibit is his largest painting, measuring 4 meters, and helped Sean become better known starting in the 1990s.

Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, the exhibit will occupy the first floor of the Pinacoteca from April 11 to June 28, 2015.