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Sean Scully: Wall of Light Hardcover – October 25, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847828344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827831
  • ASIN: 0847827836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Auping is Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.Stephen Bennett Phillips is Curator at The Phillips Collection.Anne Straus is Assistant Curator of Modern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Crawford on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Scully is a colorist without peer, who renews one's faith that great colorists still survive into the 21st century. The book is a handsome and fulsome tribute to this brilliant painter, with numerous fine color reproductions. The text is well-written and very informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lourie (James Lourie) on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Most often it is better to look at a body of work, and I had that fortunate opportunity to see Sean Scully's 2006 Wall of Light Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What astounded me was the substantiality of his artwork. Not only because each painting was large, which it was, or because these paintings were so bold, which they were, but because each piece felt solid in its attention, intention and execution. There was lots of nuance, lots of variety, tenderness and wit but no timidity, no holding back within the massive rectangles. Not only was each rectangle alive, but also the spaces between rectangles were alive and vibrating with rhythm and personality. These narrow spaces revealed subtle nuance of texture, color and gesture.

In all, I felt Mr. Scully's greatness as if his building and sculpting of each artwork was happening in real time. This is what much of contemporary art misunderstands. Yes the artist wants the viewer to participate (complete the process?) but too often contemporary art gets the viewer to participate in concept only and not in the gut. I was participating with Scully because he gave me a scaffold and showed me his vision and heart. At the same time, I brought my experience, vision and heart to his painting. We met there and I was in awe because I recognized something in me was in him. However, he did not do this intellectually or timidly.

No jpg can aptly describe this living body inside or outside these walls of rectangles, but because Scully is a master, he offers up just enough source to make me want to search every inch of his bold canvas, taking nothing for granted.

After being with Mr. Scully's artwork, I came away bigger and bolder and more alive than ever before. This is what fine art can do. It can nourish your life.

This book continues the legacy.
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Scully is a painter who didn't follow the trends, but who built body of work that encapsulates the meaning of the timelessness of the art of painting.
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