Land Sea, a major exhibition dedicated to Irish artist Sean Scully, is one of the Collateral Events of the 56th Venice Biennale.
Located in Palazzo Falier on the Grand Canal, Land Sea will feature a broad selection of new works, many monumental in scale and conceived specifically for this exhibition, offering compelling insight into Sean Scully’s recent practice and reaffirming his position as one of the leading figures of abstract painting. The exhibition is curated by Danilo Eccher, and has been commissioned by Fondazione Volume! in Rome.
Among the works included are a number of significant pieces from the series Doric, powerful compositions on aluminium in which the exploration of architectural motifs vies with the intensity of the colour. Alongside these hang selected works from the Landline series. Composed of wide horizontal stripes of blue, grey and green that appear to lean into each other, the sense of movement is rendered almost palpable by the fissures of colour that seem to hold the viewer in an uncertain space.
Speaking about the exhibition, Sean Scully remarked: “In making these paintings I was preoccupied with my memories of Venice, the movement of the water, how it heaves against the brick and stone of the city. From my studio south of Munich I often get in the car and drive a few hours down to Venice. It was the impressions from these trips that I brought back into the studio; I was painting the memories of Venice into the works.”
- Sean Scully, The Gatherer, 2014. Photo: Christoph Knoch
- Sean Scully, 12 Triptychs, 2008. Photo: Christoph Knoch