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The Prints of Sean Scully

May 18, 2007 – October 8, 2007

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Sean Scully, Planes of Light, 1991, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist © 1991, Sean Scully

Sean Scully (b. 1945), an internationally acclaimed artist with studios in New York City, Barcelona, Spain; and Munich, Germany; has been making prints for more than 30 years and considers these works to be as significant as his paintings. His prints, like his paintings, are richly layered and convey Scully's distinctive approach to abstraction based on relationships. "The Prints of Sean Scully" presents for the first time at the museum a selection of 57 works from a master set of prints that was acquired in 2001. Scully chose the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the only museum in the Unites States to receive a complete master set. The artist's prints range from large-scale, monumental compositions reminiscent of the paintings to smaller, more intimate expressions of the artist's ideas. Although certain themes recur in both his paintings and prints, Scully considers them independent and complementary. Joann Moser, senior curator for graphic arts, selected the prints and illustrated books featured in the exhibition.

"The Prints of Sean Scully" is organized and circulated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with support from Gisele Galante Broida, Don Brown, Ruth Holmberg and Norfolk Southern Corporation. The exhibition’s tour is supported in part by the C.F. Foundation, Atlanta and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund.

A catalog raisonné of Scully's prints is forthcoming from the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain. Moser wrote the lead essay.

Check out our Webcast of Sean Scully's lecture.