I have been hearing great things about this exhibit which I plan to see before year's end!
Color, texture, emotion, abstraction.
Don't miss the Phillips' sensational new exhibition!
More than any other artist of his generation, Sean Scully (born 1945) combines the formal traditions of European painting with the distinctly American abstract tradition of Rothko and Pollock. Inspired by a trip to Mexico more than 20 years ago, Scully's Wall of Light series builds from a memory of light and shadow playing on ancient Mayan ruins. Using only two formal elements - the vertical and horizontal - the paintings evoke physical and emotional landscapes, imbued with the importance of people, place, and the passage of time. The artist's hand is constantly present in the exploration of surface texture, abstract form, and richly layered color.
The Phillips Collection, with its history of engagement with contemporary artists, presents the first U.S. museum exhibition of Wall of Light, Scully's most important series to date. Featuring more than 40 works, including some 20 large-scale oil paintings, the exhibition showcases Scully's mastery of the abstract style, its emotional power, storytelling potential, and capacity to convey light.
Organized by The Phillips Collection, the exhibition will travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Cincinnati Art Museum before closing in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sean Scully: Wall of Light is made possible by the global financial services firm UBS.
Check out Artful Evenings, the museum's Thursday extended-hours program from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009