In-Person Program, Artist Talk

A painting consisting of seven bands of color. From top, they are: dark red; yellow; teal; black; yellow; greenish black; and gray. The bands vary from one another in size and in how thickly the paint appears to be applied.

Sean Scully, Landline Eleuthera, 2018. Oil on aluminum. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Karen H. Bechtel and William M. Osborne III, B.A. 1976. © 2023 Sean Scully

Join Sean Scully, one of the leading abstract artists of our time, and Keely Orgeman, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, for a discussion addressing Scully’s artistic practice as well as the gift of his iconic painting Landline Eleuthera (2018) to the Gallery. Introduction by Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director.

Sean Scully RA (born June 30, 1945) is an Irish-born, American-based artist working as a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and photographer. His work is held in museum collections worldwide, and he has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. Moving from London to New York in 1975, Scully helped lead the transition from Minimalism to emotional abstraction in painting, abandoning the reduced vocabulary of the former in favor of a return to metaphor and spirituality in art. Generously supported by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

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