abstract image; four vertical rectangles, from left: rust red, mottled yellow, black and grey-orange horizontal stripes, rust red

© Sean Scully %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C NY %2F IVARO%2C Ireland

Santa Barbara 22, 1987

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Painter and printmaker Sean Scully began his career in the 1960s as a proponent of Minimalism, an art movement that emphasized highly simplified linear and hard-edged geometric compositions that often concealed the artist’s hand. By the 1980s, Scully had become dissatisfied with the constraints of the cool, emotionally detached qualities of Minimalism, and sought a more lyrical and personally expressive approach. Building on the limited geometric vocabulary of his earlier work, Scully infused his later abstractions—like this monotype of 1987—with a looser, more gestural style that arose from a subtle manipulation of color, tone, texture, and the layering of forms. As a result, Scully’s abstractions took on a poetic tenor, a quality accentuated by Scully’s frequent use of place name titles.

Details
Title
Santa Barbara 22
Artist Life
American (born Ireland), 1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.120.8
Provenance
Mary and Robert Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2015
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abstract image; four vertical rectangles, from left: rust red, mottled yellow, black and grey-orange horizontal stripes, rust red

© Sean Scully / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / IVARO, Ireland

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