Sean Scully (American/Irish, b.1945) is an Irish-born American painter most well-known for his abstracted geometric grid paintings. Born in Dublin, as an infant Scully’s family moved to England, where he was raised and attended school. After attending London’s Croydon College of Art, Scully moved to New York in 1975, where he applied for American citizenship. Using thick applications of paint and rough brushstrokes, Scully creates multi-paneled layered paintings using various striped and checkerboard compositions, reflecting the cool geometric aesthetic of Minimalism, in a rugged, painterly way. In 1989 and again in 1993, Scully was nominated for the Turner Prize, a prestigious honor for such a young artist. Although he has spent almost his entire career working with the idea of the stripe or painted band, Scully’s body of work is complex and extensive, rigorously trying out new compositions and stretching the possibilities of a single motif.

Timeline

1945
Born in Dublin, Ireland on January 3rd
1949
Family moved to London
1965–1968
Studied at Croydon College of Art, London, England
1968–1972
Studied at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1972–1973
Studied at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1973–1975
Taught at Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmiths' School of Art, London, United Kingdom
1975
Moved to the United States
1977–1983
Taught at Princeton University
1983
Received Guggenheim Fellowship
1983
Became American Citizen
1983
Received Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
1990
Monograph published by Hudson Hills Press, New York
1992
Revisited Morocco in December to make a film on Matisse for the BBC
1993
First exhibition of the Catherine Paintings in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
1994
Made first paintings in new studio in Barcelona in the summer
1994
Participated in the Joseph Beuys Lectures, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
1994
Participated in a colloquium held in conjunction with the exhibition 'Richard Pousette, Dart (1916, 1992)' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1994
Moved into a new studio in Chelsea, New York City
1994
Made an honorary member of the London Institute
2002
Started working as a part-time professor of painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Germany
2003
Massachusetts College of Art, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree
2003
National University of Ireland, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree
2006
Sean Scully Room, A room dedicated to Sean Scullys’ work, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland, opened on May 5th
1945–Present
Lives and works in the USA

Exhibitions

2013
EDGE, ORDER, RUPTURE, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2012–2013
Sean Scully: Iona & Related Paintings, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2012
Sean Scully: Retrospective, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Switzerland (solo)
2012
Sean Scully: Grey Wolf – Retrospektive, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria (solo)
2012
Sean Scully: Doric, Benaki Museum of Art, Athens, Greece and Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain (solo)
2012
Sean Scully: Luz del Sur, Alhambra – Palacio Carlos V, Granada, Spain (solo)
2011
"Sean Scully. Works on Paper," Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. (solo)
2011
“The Minimal Gesture,” Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2011
“Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection,” The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio
2011
“The Shadow of the Corner of the Wall: Liliane Tomasko and Sean Scully,” Das Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
2011
“Photography,” LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California
2011
“The Cracked Looking Glass,” Main Gallery and Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
2010
“Liliane,” Alexander and Bonin, New York, New York (solo)
2010
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010
“Iona,” Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2010
“Sean Scully: Works from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,” Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas (solo)
2010
“Works from the 1980s,” Organized by Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland and Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom (solo)
2010
“The Pictorial World of Sean Scully,” Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
2010
“Building a Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings,” National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
2010
“17 Malern,” Bayerische Akademia der Schonen Kunst, Munich, Germany
2010
“The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2010
“Decameron,” New York Studio School, New York, New York
2010
“Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
2010
Summer Exhibition 2010,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2010
“More Photographs Than Bricks,” The George Washington University, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2010
“From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks from the Currier Museum of Art,” Manchester, New Hampshire
2010
“Works of Art from the UBS Art Collection,” Der OpernTurm, Frankfurt, Germany
2010
“Memento,” 401 Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2010
“Hugh Lane Contemporary Print Collection,” The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Ireland
2009
“Recent Paintings,” Galerie Lelong, New York, New York (solo)
2009
Walter Storms Galerie, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009
“Modern & Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art,” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
2009
Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960,” Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009
“Histories of the Frontier,” Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain
2009
“Preview for upcoming exhibitions,” Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Swirtzerland
2009
“Pop to Present,” Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, California
2009
“Building with Colour,” Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2009
“Drei. Das Triptychon in der Moderne,” Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2009
“Regards Croises. Les oeuvres de la BEI a la BCEE,” Galerie d’Art
2009
ContemporainAm Tunnel & Espace Edward Steichen, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2009
“Paintings from the 80’s,” Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
2009
“Constantinople or The Sensual Concealed: The Imagery of Sean Scully,” MKM Museum Küppersmühle of Modern Art, Duisberg, Germany; Traveling to Ulster Museum, Belfast; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz (solo)
2009
“Synchronies: Undercurrents in European and American Postwar Abstraction,” Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, California
2008
“The Prints of Sean Scully,” The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York (solo)
2008
“The Painted Surface,” Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2008
“The Art of the Stripe,” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (solo)
2008
“Abstraction in the IVAM Collection,” Institut Valencia d'Art Moderne, Valencia, Spain
2008
“Monet-Kandinsky-Rothko and Aftermath: Paths of Abstract Painting,” Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
2008
Sean Scully, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain, 27 November (solo)
2008
Sean Scully: La surface peinte, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France, 16 May - 3 July (solo)
2008
Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, January 12 - March 9 (solo)
2007–2008
Sean Scully: A Retrospective, curated by Danilo Eccher, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, June 28 – September 30; travelled to: Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne Metropole, February 8 - April 6; MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome, April 18 - August 17 (solo)
2007–2008
The Prints of Sean Scully, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA, May 18 - October 08, travelled to: Naples Museum of Art, Florida, USA, November 10 - January 13; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA, March 01 - May 04; Hyde Collection, Glens Fall, New York, USA, September 05 - November 02 (solo)
2007
Sean Scully; Walls of Aran, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, May 4 – June 2 (solo)
2007
“Photos and Prints,” Galerie Kluser 2, Munich, Germany (solo)
2007
“Aran,” Galerie Lelong, New York, New York (solo)
2007
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain; Traveled through 2008 to Musée d’art Moderne Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France; MACRO al Mattatoio, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy (solo)
2007
Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
2007
“The Jeff Baldus Collection,” Clausen Art Gallery, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa
2007
“Samuel Beckett,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2007
“The Prints of Sean Scully,” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Traveled through 2008 to Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, New York
2007
“Walls of Aran,” Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006–2007
Sean Scully, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, November 22 - January 20 (solo)
2005–2007
Wall of Light, Phillips Collection, Washington DC, October 22, 2005 – January 8, 2006; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, February 12 – May 28; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, June 26 – September 3; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, September 25 – January 14, 2007 (solo)
2006
Sean Scully, L.A. Louver, California, USA, May 12 - June 30 (cat.) (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, Sala Alcala 31, Madrid, Spain, October 27 – December 11 (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, May 25 – July 23 (cat.) (solo)
2005
Sean Scully: New Work, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA, May 12 – June 25 (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, le centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louviere, Belgium, May 14 – August 14 (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, Faith – Hope - Love, Augustinerkloster, Erfut, Germany, March – April (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, Fotografias, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain, May – July (cat.) (solo)
2005
Sean Scully, Graphic Works, Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland, March 16 – April 9 (solo)
2005
Soltano Un Quadro Al Massimo, Accademia Tedesca Roma Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy, September 14 – October 21
2005
SIAR 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, November 17 – February 19
2005
Minimalism and After IV, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2005
Eye of the Storm: The IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, December 13, 2005 – April 17, 2006
2005
Western Biennale of Art: Art Tomorrow, curated by Edward Lucie-Smith, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California
2005
The Giving Person, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Fondazione Culturale Edison, Naples, Italy
2005
Points of View: Landscapes and Photography, Galerie Lelong, New York
2005
Summer Group show, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, August 12 – September 03
2004
Sean Scully: Body of Light, National Gallery of Australia, July 23 – October 10 (solo)
2004
Sean Scully: Holly Paintings, Kunstverein Aichach, Germany, May 16 – June 13 (solo)
2004
Sean Scully: Winter Robe, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France, May 13 – July 10 (cat.) (solo)
2004
Sean Scully: Prints 1983- 2003, Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Sean Scully, Centro Jose Guerrero and Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation, Granada (cat.), May 16 – July 4 (solo)
2004
Sean Scully, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, March 31 – April 30 (solo)
2004
Sean Scully, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany, April 5 – April 24 (solo)
2004
Paintings From the 70s, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK, March 30 – April 8 (solo)
2004
Los Monocromos: De Malevisch Al Presente, Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, June 15 – September 06
2003–2004
Sean Scully, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tempere, Finland; Stiftung Weimarerer Klassik, Weimar, Germany; National Gallery of Austria, Canberra, September 13, 1993 – February 15, 2004 (cat.) LA Louver Gallery, California, November 21 – January 3 (solo)
2003
Sean Scully: Wall of Light, Figures, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK, June 11 – July 12 (cat.) (solo)
2003
Sean Scully, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain (cat,) May 19 – end of July (solo)
2003
Sean Scully, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France, April 26 June - 15 (cat.) (solo)
2002
Sean Scully, Camara de Comercio de Cantabria, Santander, Spain; Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Polvorin de la Cindadela (cat.) (solo)
2002
Sean Scully, Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister Staaliche (solo)
2002
Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany, April 19 – June 26 (cat.) (solo)
2002
Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany, April 19 – June 26 (cat.) (solo)
2002
Sean Scully, LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, October 25 – November 30 (solo)
2002
Sean Scully, Centro de Art Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (cat.) (solo)
2002
Augeenblik, Foto/ Kunst, Sammlung Essl, Klosternberg, Austria (cat.)
2002
Fundação, Bienal De São Paulo, 25 Bienal De São Paulo, Brazil (cat.)
2002
Margins of Abstraction, curated by Robert Knafo, Kouors Gallery, New York, USA
2002
117th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, USA
2002
No Object, No Subject, No Matter… Abstraction in the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
2001–2002
Sean Scully: Wall of Light, curated by Michael Auping, Museo De Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico (cat.) (solo)
2001
Sean Scully, Barcelona Etchings for Frederico Garcia Lorca Instituto Cervantes, London, UK (solo)
2001
Sean Scully: Light and Gravity, Knoedler + Company, USA, New York, USA, March 8 – April 28 (cat.) (solo)
2001
New Works on Paper and Photographs, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA, March 10 – April 21 (solo)
2001
Paintings, Drawings, Photographs 1990, 2001, Kunstsammlung, Nordrhein, Westfallen – Düsseldorf, Germany: Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany; I.V.A.M, Valencia, Spain, (cat.) (solo)
2001
Sean Scully Work on Paper, Rex Irwin Gallery, Woollahra, Australia; Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2001
Sean Scully, Le Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (solo)
2001
Sean Scully; walls/windows/horizons, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, USA, September 8 – October 8 (solo)
2001
A Century of Drawing, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA (cat.), November 18 – April 7
2001
Watercolor: In the Abstract, curated by Pamela Auchincloss, Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, New York; Michael C Rockefeller Arts Center Gallery, USA; Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, USA; Ben Shan Gallery, New Jersey, USA; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, DePaul University, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
2000
New Works, Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich, Switzerland
2000
On Canvas: Contemporary Painting from the Collection, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
2000
L’Ombra Della Ragione, Galleria D’Arte Moderna Bologna, Bologna, Italy, May 13 – October 29
2000
September Selections, Knoedler & Company, New York, USA
2000
Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain (cat.) January 11 – March 12 (solo)
2000
Estampes 1983, 1999, Musee des Beaux Arts de Caen, Caen, France (cat.) (solo)
2000
Sean Scully Photographies, Galerie de l‘ancien college Ecole municipale d’Arts plastiques, Chatellerault, France (solo)
2000
Sean Scully, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
2000
Graphics, Galleria d’Arte A+A, Venice, Italy (solo)
2000
Sean Scully, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain, March – April (solo)
1999–2000
Sean Scully: Barcelona Paintings, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany, December 1999 – February 2000 (cat.) (solo)
1996–2000
Works on Paper 1975, 1996, Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Henie+Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden, Norway; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Art, Dublin, Ireland; Herning, Denmark; Milwaukee, USA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA; Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Albright, Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA (cat.) (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France, March 4 – April 17 (cat.) (solo)
1999
Print Retrospective, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Musee du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale, Gravelines, France; Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (catalogue raisonne) (solo)
1999
Sean Scully: New Paintings and Works on Paper, Danese Gallery and Gallery Lelong, New York, USA; South London Gallery, London, UK, June 16 – August 1 (cat.) (solo)
1999
Sean Scully: Work From Garner Tullis Workshop, Galerie Kornfeld, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria, June 4 – August 29 (cat.) (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Mira Goddard gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galerie Weinberger, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galeria Antonia Puyo, Zaragoza, Spain (solo)
1999
Sean Scully, Galerie Le Triangle Blue, Stavelot, Belgium (solo)
1999
The Essl Collection: The First View, Museum Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuberg, Vienna, Austria, November 6, 1999 – October 31, 2000
1999
Signature pieces: Contemporary British Prints and Multiples, Alan Christea Gallery, London, UK
1999
Unlocking the Grid: Concerning the Grid in Recent Painting, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
1999
Drawing in the Present Tense, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA and (2000) Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut, USA
1999
1999 Drawings, Alexander + Bonin, New York, USA, December 11 – January 22
1999
Side by Side, Knoedler + Company, New York, USA
1999
Geometry as Design: Structures of Modern Art from Albers to Paik, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany
1998
Zeit und Materie, Baukunst, Cologne, Germany
1998
Contemporary Art: The Janet, Wolfson de Botton Gift, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1998
The Edward R. Collection: A Selection of Works, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida, USA
1998
Photographies, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
1998
On A Clear Day, Graphische Sammlung, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
1998
Arterias: Collection Of Contemporary Art, Fundacio La Caixa Malmö Konstall, Malmö, Sweden
1998
Large Scale Drawings, Danese Gallery, New York, USA
1998
Jan Dibbets/ Sean Scully Fotografias, Galeria Estiarte, Madrid, Spain
1998
Sean Scully/ Lawrence Carroll, Lawing Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
1998
Group Exhibition, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1998
Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA (cat.)
1998
Acquisitions 1997, Le Conseil General du Val de Marne FDAC, exhibited at Hôtel du Departemnt, Creteil, France
1998
Sarajevo 2000, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wein, Vienna, Austria
1998
Matrix Berkley 1978, 1998, University of Califonia, Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkley, California, USA
1998
En Norsk Samling Au Europeisk Kunst, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway
1997
Sean Scully 1987, 1997, Sala de Expositions Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain, March 13 – May 11; Salas del Palacio Episcopal, Plaza del Obispo, Malaga, Spain; Fundacio ‘la Caixa’, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, March 13 – May 11 (cat.) (solo)
1997
Sean Scully 1982, 1996, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, June 7 – July 13 (cat.) (solo)
1997
Recent Paintings, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France, March 20 – May 24 (cat.) (solo)
1997
Sean Scully, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
1997
Floating Paintings and Photographs, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA (solo)
1997
Sean Scully, Galeria DV, San Sebastian, Spain (cat.) (solo)
1997
Sean Scully, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA, September 6 – October 25 (solo)
1997
Sean Scully, Jamieh Weber gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, November 22 – February 28 (solo)
1997
Sean Scully, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1997
After The Fall: Abstract Painting, Snug Harbour Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, USA
1997
British Arts Council Collection, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
1997
The Pursuit of Painting, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
1997
Prints, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
1997
Prints, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
1997
A Century of Irish Paintings: Selections from the Collection of the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; Yamanashi Perfectural Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan (cat.)
1997
The View From Denver: Contemporary American Art from the Denver Art Museum, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
1997
Thirty Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA (cat.)
1997
Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, The National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, USA
1996–1997
Floating Paintings and Work on Paper, Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Linz, Austria; Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal (cat.) (solo)
1996
Catherine Paintings, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (cat.) May 23 – July 14 (solo)
1996
Sean Scully, Editions T, Barcelona, Spain, February – April (cat.) (solo)
1996
Paintings and Work on Paper, Galeria d’Arte Moderna, Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy, May 31 – September 1 (cat.) (solo)
1996
Sean Scully, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain (cat.) (solo)
1996
Pastels, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA (solo)
1996
Prints, Galerie Angelika Harthan, Stuggart, Germany (solo)
1996
Sean Scully, Galerie Nationale du Jeude Paume, Paris, France, October 8 – December (solo)
1996
XV Salon des los 16, Museo de Antropologia, Madrid, Spain
1996
Balancing Act, Room Gallery, New York, USA
1996
Nuevas Abstracciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Kunstalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
1996
Bare Bones, TZ Art, New York, USA
1996
Festival de Culture Irlandaise Contemporaine, Ecoles des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1996
Thinking Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1996
Holländisches Bad: Radierungen zur Renaissaince einer Technik, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany; Brect Haus, Weissensee, Berlin, Germany
1995–1996
Sean Scully: Twenty Years, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA; High Museum of Modern Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Centre Cultural de la Fundació ‘La Caixa’, Barcelona, Spain; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Schirn Kunstalle, Frankfurt, Germany (cat.) (solo)
1995–1996
Sean Scully: The Beauty of the Real, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany, December 1995 – January 1996 (cat.) (solo)
1995
Sean Scully, Galeria El Dario Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain (cat.) (solo)
1995
Sean Scully, Galeria De l’Ancien College, Chatellerault, France (cat.) (solo)
1995
Sean Scully, Waddington Galleries, London, UK, June 7 – July 8 (cat.) (solo)
1995
Sean Scully, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA, October 28 – December 16 (solo)
1995
Sean Scully, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany (cat.) (solo)
1995
Catherine Paintings, Kunstalle Bielefeld; Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium (cat.) (solo)
1995
Seven From The Seventies, Knoedler Gallery, New York, USA
1995
New Publications, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, USA
1995
New York Abstract, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orelans, Louisiana, USA
1995
US Prints, Retretti Center, Punkaharju, Finland
1995
Color + Structure, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
1994–1995
Sean Scully: La Forma e lo Spirito, Galleria Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, November 24 1994 – January 14 1995 (solo)
1994
Sean Scully, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (cat.) (solo)
1994
Works on Paper, Knoedler and Company USA, New York, USA (solo)
1994
Sean Scully, Butler Gallery, Kiken Castle, Ireland (solo)
1994
Sean Scully, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
1994
Recent Painting Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1994
Contemporary Watercolours: Europe and America, UNT Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, USA
1994
For 25 Years Brooke Alexander Editions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1994
Recent Acquisitions: Paintings From the Collection, The Irish Museum of Art, Dublin, Ireland
1994
L’Incanto e La Trascendenza, Galleria Civica de Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
1994
British Abstract Art, Flowers East Gallery, London, UK
1994
Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Paintings, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1993
Sean Scully, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA, May 1 – June 26 (solo)
1993
Catherine Paintings, Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, May 16 – July 25 (cat.) (solo)
1993
Sean Scully, Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
1993
Sean Scully, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany (cat.) (solo)
1993
Tutte Le Strade Portano A Roma, The Exhibition Center of Rome, Rome, Italy
1993
Beyond Print, Tobor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA
1993
Drawing in Black and White, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Grolier Club, New York, USA (cat.)
1993
American and European Prints, Machida City Museum of Arts, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)
1993
American and European Works on Paper, Gallery Martin Wieland, Trier, Germany
1993
Italia, America L’Astrazione Redefinita, Dicastro Cultura, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Republica di San Marino, Italy (cat.)
1993
Partners, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK (cat.)
1993
25 Years, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (cat.)
1993
Modernities, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington DC, USA
1993
5 One Person Shows, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1992
Prints, Weinberger Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1992
Woodcuts, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1992
Prints and Related Work, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, USA (solo)
1992
Woodcuts, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA, January 31 – March 7 (solo)
1992
Woodcuts, Stephen Solovy Fine Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA (solo)
1992
Sean Scully, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA (solo)
1992
Sean Scully, The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (solo)
1992
Sean Scully, Waddington Galleries, London, UK, November (cat.) (solo)
1992
Four Series Of Prints, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1992
Recent Abstract Painting, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1992
Collaboration in Monotype from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Sert Gallery, Carpenter Centre for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1992
Geteilte Bilder, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (cat.)
1992
Behind Bars, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA (cat.)
1992
Color Block Prints of the 20th Century, Associated American Artists, New York, USA (cat.)
1992
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
1992
Painted on Press: Recent Abstract Print, Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
1992
Monotypes, Woodcuts, Drawings, Europaische Akademie Fur Bildende Kunst, Trier, Germany
1992
Monotypes from Garner Tullis Workshop, SOMA Gallery, San Diego, California, USA
1992
44th Annual Academy, Institute Purchase Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Galeria Sergio Tossi, Prato, Italy (cat.)
1991
Paintings and Works on Paper, Jamieh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (cat.) (solo)
1991
Small Format Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1991
Post-modern Prints, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
1991
La Metafisica Della Luce, John Goode Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Demetrio Paparoni
1990
Sean Scully, Karsten Greve Gallery, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1990
Drawings: Joseph Beuys, Paul Rotterdam, Sean Scully, Arnold Herstand, & Company, Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York, USA (cat.)
1990
Sean Scully/Donald Sultan; Abstraction/ Representation, Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University, Stanford, California (cat.)
1990
Geometric Abstraction, Marc Richards Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
1990
Artists in the Abstract, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA (cat.)

Public Collections

Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Stattsgalerie, Stuttgard, Germany
Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland
University of Limerick, Ireland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Zentrum fur Kunst und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland
Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Museum fur Sub, Kultur, Berlin, Germany
Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Linz, Austria
Northern Arts Association, Newcastle, upon, Tyne, UK
Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Germany
Saastamoisien Saatio, Helsinki, Finland
Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain
Sammlung Essl-Vienna, Austria
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Kunstammlung, Nordrhein, Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kunst und Museumsverein Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, upon, Tyne, UK
Leicestershire Educational Authority, Leicester, UK
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Musee de Val de Marne, Ivry, sur, seine, France
Eastern Arts Association, Cambridge, UK
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Foundation Stiftelesen Focus-Boras, Sweden
Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
Gallery of Modern Art Laszlo Vass Collection, Veszprem, Hungary
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Hotel des Arts, Toulon, France
Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Bayrische Staatsgemaeldesammlung, Munich, Germany
Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
The British Council, London, UK
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Ceolfrith Art Center, Sunderland, UK
Consejeria de cultura, Santander, Spain
Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
Council of National Academic Awards, London, UK
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
The DG Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. USA
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, USA
The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Grafische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico
Museo de Arte Moderno, Col. Bosques de Chaultepec, Mexico
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Boston Massachusetts, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida, USA
Paine Webber Group, Inc., New York, USA
Phillip Morris Inc., New York, USA
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, USA
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA
Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, California, USA
First Bank Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Albright, Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA
Chemical Bank, New York, New York, USA
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA

Literature

2009
Sean Scully, Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, to be published by IThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with Thames & Hudson
2008
Unique Act, Five abstract painters: Frederic Matys Thursz, Sean Scully, Carmengloria Morales, Sean Shanahan, Ruth Root, Dublin: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in association with Lund Humphries
2007
Sean Scully – Walls of Aran, photographs by Sean Scully, text by Colm Tóibín and Sean Scully, published by Thames & Hudson
2007
Glorious Dust, by Sean Scully, essays by Arthur C. Danto, to be published by Steidl
2007
Prints Catalogue Raisonne, text by Joann Moser, published by IVAM in Spring 2007
2007
Book on Scully Writings, Spanish Language edition, published by Editorial Sintesis, Spring 2007
2007
Tribute to Arthur Danto, talk in The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, published by Library of Living Philisophers, date tbc.
2006
Richer, Francesca and Rosenzweig, Matthew (ed’s) No. 1 First works by 362 Artists
2006
Sean Scully, text by Sue Hubbard, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2006
Sean Scully: Recent Paintings, LA Louver
2006
Sean Scully: The Architecture of Colour, Kunstmuseum, Liechtenstein
2006
Ingleby, Florence (ed.) Sean Scully: Resistance and Persistence, Selected Writings, published by Merrell Publishers
2005
Wall of Light, essays by Michael Auping, Stephen Bennett Phillips, and Anne Straus. The Phillips Collection, Rizzoli, New York, USA
2005
Sean Scully: Paintings and Works on Paper, essays by Edward King and William Feaver, interview by Liliane Tomasko, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Lakeland Arts Trust, Kendal, Cumbria, UK, March 21 – June 25
2005
Sean Scully, with text of a lecture given by Sean Scully at the Institute Valencia d’Art Modern, May 04 2004, Ingelby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2005
Sean Scully: Fotografias, text by Mia Fineman, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
2004
Sean Scully, Winter Robe, interview by Michael Peppiatt and essay by Amin Zweite, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
2004
Sean Scully: Dedicado a Federico Garcia Lorca, Huerta de San Vincente, Granada, Spain
2004
Carrier, David, Sean Scully, Thames and Hudson, London
2004
The Colour of Time: The Photographs of Sean Scully, essays by Arthur C Danto and Mia Fineman, interview by Edward Lucie- Smith, edited by Garrett White, New York, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
2004
Sean Scully, essays by Timo Vuorikoski, Donald Kuspit, Jürgen Habermas and Marjatta Saari, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland; Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen, Weimar, Germany
2004
Sean Scully: Body of Light, essays by Brian Kennedy, Timo
2004
Vuorikoski, Arthur C. Danto, Jürgen Habermas, Donald Kuspit, Liliane Tomasko and Shaune A. Laking, interview by Jörg Zutter, Thames and Hudson, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
2003
Sean Scully: Wall of Light, Figures, interview by Kevin Power, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2003
Sean Scully, essays by Gilles Altieri, Pierre Wat, Francisco Jarauta, interview by Hans- Michael Herzog, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France
2002
Sean Scully: zu Gast in der Galerie Neue Meister, Staaliche Kunstammlungen, Dresden, Germany
2002
Barrett, Terry, Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding, McGraw Hill, New York, USA
2002
Sean Scully, Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico
2002
Sean Scully: Wall of Light, text by Ronaldo Brito, Centro de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2001
Sean Scully: Wall of Light/ Muro de Luz, text by Michael Auping, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
2001
Sean Scully: Light to Dark text by Daniel Ababie, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
2001
Sean Scully: Gemälde, Pastelle, Aquarelle, Fotografien 1990 – 2000, essays by Armin Zweite, Bernd Klüser, Francisco Jarauta, Maria Müller, interview by Hans Michael Herzog, published by Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf, Germany; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein – Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; IVAM Centre Julio Gonzales, Valencia, Spain
2001
Danto, Arthur C. Sean Scully: Light and Gravity, Knoedler & Company, New York, USA
2000
Sean Scully, essay by Francisco Jarauta, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
1999
Sean Scully: Barcelona Paintings and Recent Editions, essays by Sean Scully and Bernd Klüser, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany
1999
Sean Scully: Prints, Catalogue Raisonné 1968 – 1999, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Musée du Dessin et de l’Etampe Originale, Gravelines, France; Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
1999
Sean Scully, essay by Edward Lucie- Smith, interview by Hans- Michael Herzog, South London Gallery in association with Timothy Taylor gallery, London, UK
1999
Sean Scully, text by John Yau, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
1999
Sean Scully, essay by Kevin Power, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1998
Sean Scully, text by Helmut Friedel, interview by Hans- Michael Herzog, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria
1997
Sean Scully, text by Jean Frémon, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
1997
Sean Scully: Paintings, essay by Mark Glazebrook, interview by Irving Sandler, Manchester City Art Galleries, The Pale Green Press, London, UK
1997
Sean Scully, essays by Francisco Jarauta, Kevin Power, Jean Louis Schefer, Sala de Exposiciones Rekalde
1996
Sean Scully, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona, Spain
1996
Sean Scully, essays by Jean Louis Schefer, Xavier Girard, and Arthur C. Danto, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
1996
Sean Scully: obra grafica recent, texts by Demetriou Paparoni and Sean Scully, Edicions T Galeria D’Art, Barcelona, Spain
1996
Caldwell, John, The Collected Writings of John Caldwell, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA
1996
Sean Scully, essays by Danillo Eccher and David Carrier, interview by Hans- Michael Herzog, Galleria D’Arte Moderna Bologna, Charta, Milan, Italy
1996
Sean Scully: Works on Paper1975 – 1996, edited by Michael Semff, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany
1995
Sean Scully: Vint Anyys, 1976 – 1995, Fundació ‘La Caixa’, Barcelona, Spain
1995
Sean Scully: The Beauty of the Real, essay by Bernd Klüser, interview by Hans- Michael Herzog, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany
1994
Sean Scully: La Forma e lo spirito, text by Demetrio Paparoni, Galleria Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1994
Carrier, David, The Aesthetic in the City: The Philosophy and the Practice of American Abstract Painting in the 1980s, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
1994
Sean Scully: Paintings 1971 – 1981, essays by Sam Hunter and Joseph Maschek, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
1993
Sean Scully: The Catherine Paintings, essays by Carter Ratcliff, Arthur C. Danto, Steven Henry Madoff, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
1992
Sean Scully, essay by Paul Bonaventra, Waddington Galleries, London, UK
1991
Sean Scully: Prints from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Garner Tullis, New York, USA
1988
Sean Scully, essays by Takashi Nibuya and John Loughery, interview by Kazu Kaido, Fuji Television Gallery Co. Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
1985
Sean Scully, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA