Sean Scully, Catalogue Raisonné Of Paintings, Volume II, 1980 – 1989


Edited by Marla Price, Director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Volume II is the first to be published in a projected series of five. This volume is devoted to Scully’s paintings of the 1980s – a time when the artist rejected minimalism to ‘breathe air into the art of Abstraction’ by separating panels and joining them back together, pulling them out of context.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the Scully’s development during the 1980s, a period in which he was awarded his first museum exhibition. Returning to oil paints from acrylics in 1979, Scully’s paintings start to break from the rigid patterns of the previous decade. Imbued with the fluidity and flexibility of oil, the paintings of the 1980s expand in scale, leading to monumental works such as Heart of Darkness (1982) and Backs and Fronts (1982).

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