10 March – 31 May 2006
SEAN SCULLY. The Architecture of Colour
For more than twenty years Sean Scully (*1945) has been among the representatives of a manner of painting consciously linked to Modern-ism and committed to the autonomous expressive qualities of colour.
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein shows the artist’s early work in connection with later groups of works. The focus is on the constructive, in a broader sense architectonic, character of the colour. While subject to a strict picture structure until the end of the seventies, it unfolds a painterly-haptic quality since the early eighties. The image carrier receives a complexly arranged architectonic form with which the colour, be it in the form of stripes or fields, begins a lively interplay. In the course of the nineties the architectonics of the picture carrier calm down. The colour, however, retains its painterly freedom and hereafter constitutes the picture as such – its material, structural and spatial appearance.
With selected works from all of the artist’s creative peri-ods, some of which are being shown publicly for the first time, this ex-hibition reveals an aspect of Scully´s work which until now has received little attention, yet nevertheless is of great significance for the devel-opment of the oeuvre.