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21 Upcoming Exhibitions in 2018 [Autumn-Winter]

 

Contents

    1. Balthus at Beyeler Foundation – Basel
    2. Collective Exhibition on The Flaneur – Bonn
    3. Enrico David Solo Exhibition – Chicago
    4. The emotions of Alexej Von Jawelensky at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag – Netherlands
    5. Elmegreen and Dragset retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery – London  
    6. Michelangelo Pistoletto at Mazzoleni Art – London
    7. Afro Basaldella at Tornabuoni Art – London
    8. Homage to Renè Magritte by LAC – Lugano  
    9. Dark Schmidt at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – Madrid
    10. Franz Marc and August Macke retrospective at the Neue Galerie – New York
    11. Franz West retrospective at Centre Pompidou – Paris
    12. Tribute to Picasso at Musee Picasso – Paris
    13. Osvaldo Licini at Peggy Guggenheim Musem – Venice
    14. The Cubism at Pompidou – Paris
    15. Joan Mirò retrospective at National Gallery – Paris
    16. The creativity of Gio Ponti at Musee des Arts Decoratifs – Paris
    17. Andy Warhol back at Whitney Museum of Arts – New York
    18. Jackson Pollock in Rome
    19. Gilbert & George at Luma Foundation – Arles, France
    20. ribute to giants at Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao
    21. Sean Scully’s world at Smithsonian Institute – Washington

 

 1. Balthus at Beyeler Foundation – Basel

At Beyeler Foundation will continue until January 1, 2019, the special exhibition dedicated to Balthus.

Son of art critic and painter Eric Klossowski and Baladine, author of watercolors, Balthus was in close contact with the world of painting since childhood: his house was frequented by the likes of Cézanne, Matisse, Mirò, Masson , under the aegis of which his artistic training was accomplished, although he was fundamentally self-taught.

Raised in a cultured and refined environment he was able to express his figurative vocation early: he was just twelve years old when his first book of drawings was published, entitled Mitsou, accompanied by a preface written by Rainer Maria Rilke, who was among the first to intuit the pictorial genius: it is the story of his cat told through the images traced by his skillful hand on the sheets.

The exhibition showcases a long series of works rich in acid green, of barren landscapes, works very similar to Chinese views, indecipherable ideograms.

It almost seems that these are houses inhabited by windy ghosts. Balthus is very attracted to a surrealist vision of life.

Summary
Exhibition title: Balthus
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Curator: Dr. Raphaël Bouvier (Curator) and Michiko Kono (Associate Curator)
Dates: until January 1, 2019
Info and tickets: www.fondationbeyeler.ch 

 

 

2. Collective Exhibition on The Flaneur – Bonn

The figure of the rebellious Dandy: this is the focus of the contemporary art exhibition hosted at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn.

A collective exhibition composed of 160 works from 68 artists: a century of history told through the eyes of the artists who have been part of it.

There is also the layout of a space dedicated to photography. In fact, works by Brassai and Jeff Wall are on the show.

That's the list of artists: Louis Abel-Truchet, Franz Ackermann, Francis Alÿs, Louis Anquetin, Jean Béraud, Brassaï, Koen van den Broek, Auguste Chabaud, Lovis Corinth, Koen van den Broek, Gustave Dennery, Robert Doisenau, Max Ernst, Henri Evenepoel, Lyonel Feininger, Rainer Fetting, Lee Friedlander, André Gill, Vincent van Gogh, George Grosz, Werner Heldt, Karl Horst Hödicke, Candida Höfer, Sofia Hultén, André Kertész, Kimsooja, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mark Lewis, Max Liebermann, Luigi Loir, August Macke, Albert Marquet, Ludwig Meidner, Adolph von Menzel, Helmut Middendorf, Tod Papageorge, Ludovic Piette, Peter Piller, Camille Pissarro, Sigmar Polke, Franz Radziwill, Anton Räderscheidt, Jean-Francois Raffaëlli, Alexander Roob, Alexander Rodtschenko Christoph Rütimann, Carl Saltzmann, August Sander, Franz Skarbina, Rudolf Schlichter, Friedrich Seidenstücker, Stephen Shore, Alfred Sisley, Léon Spilliaert, Johanna Steindorf, Otto Steinert, Alfred Stieglitz, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Umbo, Maurice Utrillo, Jeff Wall, Corinne Wasmuht, Garry Winogrand, Gustav Wunderwald

Summary
Exhibition title: The Flaneur
Location: Bonn, Germany
Dates: until January 13, 2019
Info and tickets: www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de

 

 

3. Ansel Adams Solo Exhibition – Boston

Museum of Fine Arts of Boston is presenting a Solo Exhibition of Ansel Adams from December 13, 2018 – February 24, 2019.

Museum of Fine Arts is showing a lot of landscapes coming from Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984).

Ansel Adams was an American landscape photographer and environmentalist and is black-and-white images of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. Those works have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet.  

Summary
Exhibition title: Ansel Adams in Our Time
Location:  Boston, US
Dates: from December 13, 2018 – February 24, 2019
Info and tickets: www.mfa.org

 

 

4. The emotions of Alexej Von Jawelensky at Gemeentemuseum - Den Haag, Netherlands

Gemeentemuseum of Den Haag is presenting artworks of a big expressionist Alexej Von Jawelenskyuntil January 27,2018.

Jawelensky meant painting as an expression of pure emotion.

He said that apples ended up being fruit in his eyes and became something else based on the background behind it.

He said that apples were like music, they reproduced the mood of the soul. 

Jawelensky said to paint his emotions, his feelings.

With the passing of the years his images became more and more simplified as in the Mystical heads (1917-1919) and Saviour's Faces (1918-1920) series.  

Summary
Exhibition title: Alexej Von Jewelensky. Expressionism and Devotion
Location:  Den Haag, The Netherlands
Dates: until January 27, 2019
Info and tickets: www.gemeenemuseum.nl

 

 

5. Elmegreen and Dragset retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery - London

Michael Elmgreen (born 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969, Norway) represent two important artists of the contemporary art scene.

They produce spatial scenarios that explore social and sexual politics.

They reveal the power structures incorporated in the daily projects that surround us.

In their installations, institutional spaces are transformed into metaphors for individual desires and collective identities to survive with melancholy.

This exhibition is showing their emotional figurative sculptures with an extraordinary new large-scale installation that meditates on the fate of the civic space.

Summary
Exhibition title: Elmgreen and Dragset
Location:  London
Dates: until January 13, 2018
Info and tickets: www.whitechapelgallery.com 

 

6. Michelangelo Pistoletto at Mazzoleni Art – London  

Mazzoleni Art is having a great exhibition about Michelangelo Pistoletto called "Origins and Consequences" curated by Alberto Fiz. 

The exhibition will be open until the 15 December.

Artworks shown are coming from various private collections.

The exhibition will focus on a selection of works spanning from 1958 to 2012

Figurative paintings, drawings in charcoal on paper, sculptures of different material, alongside silkscreens on stainless steel – the renowned mirror paintings that define his oeuvre.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, with an essay by Alberto Fiz.  

Summary
Exhibition title: Origins and Consequences
Location:  Mazzoleni Art, London
Dates: until 15 December
Info and tickets: www.mazzoleniart.com
 

 

7. Afro Basaldella at Tornabuoni Art - London 

Tornabuoni Art London is having an exhibition of the paintings of Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), better known as Afro.

The accompanying exhibition catalog is edited by Philip Rylands, Director Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, who has also written an original essay for the catalog.

This show aims to encourage the British public to learn more about the only Italian Abstract Expressionist, whose work has rarely been exhibited in the UK.  

Summary
Exhibition title: Afro
Location:  Tornabuoni Art, London
Dates: until December 1, 2018
Info and tickets: www.tornabuoniarte.it 

 

 

8. Homage to Renè Magritte by LAC – Lugano, Switzerland  

 

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, the new cultural centre dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts, is presenting an exceptional selection of works of Rene Magritte. 

The Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana will retrace the entire career of René Magritte: from the beginning to the most famous paintings of his life. 

It will thus be possible to understand the origin and sources of inspiration for the painter’s work who impressed the public like no one.

The exhibition is related to the conference that Magritte held on November 20, 1938 at the Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp.

Entitled "La Ligne de vie", the lecture was one of the rare occasions in which the artist expressed himself on his work publicly.

There are twenty images of Magritte that paid homage to André Breton and the Belgian surrealists but above all he delineated the genesis of his art and clarified the fundamentals that enabled him to transform everyday objects into something shocking.

Summary
Exhibition title: La Ligne de vie
Location:  Lugano, Switzerland
Dates: until January 6, 2019
Info and tickets: www.luganolac.ch

 

 

9. Dierk Schmidt at Reina Sofia Museum – Madrid

Reina Sofia Museum of Madrid is having a special exhibition about the German artist Dierk Schmidt (Unna, 1965).

Schmidt has always been related to social, political and institutional critique.

He makes use of the aesthetic and the visual to disrupt positivist and liner concepts of history with respect to the omissions and violence in colonial narratives.

The Schmidt retrospective at Museo Reina Sofía assembles most ambitious projects.

For example, In The Division of the Earth (2005) — two series of large-scale canvases on the division of Africa at the Berlin Conference of 1884 — the structural violence targeted at the African continent is represented in a system of diagrams and chromatic codes to render the real effects of abstract, political and economic strategies in specific territories and communities.

In Schmidt’s idea, colonial greed stems from capitalism, and he reflects on its destruction of the environment and its instability and alienation in Think It All – Untitled – Run Away (1995) and McJob (1997).

 Since 2009, Schmidt has realized this institutional critique in actions with the activist collective Artefakte, and in works such as Berlin Castle Ghosts (2002–2004), thus calling out the contradiction implicit in the German authorities’ reconstruction of an 18th-century imperial palace to be used as a museum of world cultures.

Museum devices are revised in the series Broken Windows (2013–in progress), where the artist cites this ubiquitous support in museums to allude to the decontextualization and fetishism of the ethnographic object, and to the decline of experience, in which these glass structures, painted by Schmidt, remain frames and frameworks through scratches and perforations, referring at once to the colonial practices of plundering and initiatives of resistance and restitution.

Dierk Schmidt be defined as a continual exercise of updating and relocating, and he is always mindful of the contexts providing the backdrop for his artistic practice.

Summary
Exhibition title: Guilt and Debits
Location:  Madrid
Dates: until March 10, 2019
Info and tickets: www.museoreinasofia.es


 

10. Franz Marc and August Macke retrospective at the Neue Galerie – New York

Neue Galerie New York is presenting “Franz Marc and August Macke: 1909-1914”.

A special exhibition that explores the life and work of two German artists and the power of their friendship. 

In the four years prior to Macke’s death in 1914 (Marc himself died in 1916), they wrote each other a lot of letters, visited each other’s homes, traveled together, and often discussed the development of their work.

Franz Marc and August Macke shared ideas about art, and through their innovations helped create the movement known as Expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.

The exhibition will focus on Marc and Macke’s artistic relationship, how their lives intersected, and how their art was developed and received during their lifetimes.

Featuring approximately 70 paintings and works on paper, “Franz Marc and August Macke” is comprised of loans from public and private collections worldwide.

The exhibition at Neue Galerie New York is the first time that Macke’s work will be shown in an American museum and, overall,  is the first exhibition in the United States on the relationship between these artists.

Summary
Exhibition title: Franz Marc and August Macke: 1909-1914
Location:  Neue Galerie, New York
Dates: until January 21, 2019
Info and tickets: www.neuegalerie.org
 

 

  1. Franz West retrospective at Centre Pompidou – Paris

 The Center Pompidou presents from September 12 to December 10 the largest retrospective devoted today to the work of Franz West (1947-2012), with nearly 200 works.

This event is the first great opportunity to evaluate the posterity of the artist Austrian, one of the most influential of the last fifty years.

The exhibition is a lavish celebration of the artist's work, from 1972 to 2012. It includes his first rarely exhibited drawings (1970-1973) and his first sculptures Passstücke, made from 1973-1974, sculptures adaptable to the body that the viewer can manipulate to "reveal his neuroses".

The exhibition also presents a selection of his papier-mache sculptures from the 1980s, and several collaborations with other artists including Herbert Brandl, Heimo Zobernig and Albert Oehlen.

Summary
Exhibition title: Franz West
Location:  Centre Pompidou, Paris
Dates: until December 20, 2018
Info and tickets: www.centrepompidou.fr
 

 

12. Tribute to Picasso at Musee Picasso – Paris

The incredible inventions of Pablo Picasso at Musee Picasso Paris until January 13, 2019.

A wonderful exhibition dedicated to the Spanish artist through a series of masterpieces of humanity.

He returned to Paris after 118 years from his first stay in the 1900 Villa Lumiere.

An astonishing series of masterpieces to retrace a career in which for more than 70 years, Pablo Picasso has continuously reinvented his art.

He was a true revolutionary, he managed to pass from the suspended and poetic atmospheres of the "blue period" and the "pink period" to the influence of the l'Art Negrè, from the Cubist revolution that took place in 1907 with "Le Damoiselles d'Avignon", an icon of the twentieth century, on the return, equally lyrical, of the classic realism of his "Arlecchini", to finally arrive at a sublime recapitulation of all the previous ways.

Occasionally it recovers the realist tradition, cultivating abstraction, surrealism and sculptural painting. 

Your natural tendency to transform reality takes on a new impetus under the sign of expressionism, which ends with the orientation of Guernica (1937), a case against the tragedy that was taking place in the war in Spain, and that from white, black and gray becomes an intense drama.

The Guernica is the symbol image of the horror of the Spanish Civil War and the bombing of 26 April 1937 that destroyed the Basque city of Guernica. It corresponds to the intellectual methods of the Cubists, the symbolism of Surrealism and the Expressionist distortion.

The language chosen was a determining element of poetic research.

The chosen subjects have never been random, Picasso's art is a timely and always updated diary of his feelings and his worries.

Every female face she has portrayed has always been that of a woman she has loved.

His canvases were the ideal medium to express his anxieties, his anger and his desires.

Summary
Exhibition title: Picasso. Chef d’Oeuvre
Location:  Musee Picasso, Paris
Dates: until January 13, 2019
Info and tickets: www.museepicassoparis.fr
 

 

13. Basquiat and Schiele at Louis Vuitton Foundation – Paris

Great exhibition in Paris bringing together artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele at  Louis Vitton Foundation. 

One part of the "Basquiat-Schiele" show brings together some 120 pieces painted by United States artist Basquiat from 1980 until his death in 1988.

Among the pieces on display would be some that have never before been shown in Europe, including "Obnoxious Liberals" (1982), "In Italian" (1983) and "Riding with Death" (1988).

Another part of the show collates some 100 pieces by Austrian artist Schiele, comprising drawings, gouaches and paintings presented in chronological order.

Summary
Exhibition title: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele
Location:  Louis Vuitton Foundation – Paris
Dates: until January 14, 2019
Info and tickets: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

 

 
14. Osvaldo Licini at Peggy Guggenheim Musem – Venice  

Osvaldo Licini (1894 - 1958) was awarded the Grand Prize for painting, a homage to one of the most original personalities of the Italian art scene of the first half of the twentieth century.

Sixty years after the prestigious award and his death, the Peggy Guggenheim museum recalls the great master with a retrospective curated by Luca Massimo Barbero. 

Eleven exhibition halls, over a hundred works, trace the disruptive and tormented artistic career of Licini, whose career was characterized by moments of crisis and apparently sudden stylistic changes.

A very unique artist that stands out in the history of twentieth-century art for results of absolute lyricism and poetry.

Every day at 3.30pm, free guided tours are offered at the exhibition, upon purchase of the admission ticket to the museum. Presentations can be made in Italian or English, depending on the availability of the guides. 

Summary
Exhibition title: Osvaldo Licini
Location:  Peggy Guggenheim Museum – Venice
Dates: until January 19, 2019
Info and tickets: www.guggenheim-venice.it


 

 

15. Joan Mirò retrospective at Gran Palais – Paris

A journey into the immense creative universe: this is the meaning of "Joan Miro, the color of my dreams", dedicated to Joan Mirò (1893 - 1983) and which traces the almost seventy years of his artistic production.

After the one in 1974, when the artist was still alive, it is the first retrospective hosted at the Grand Palais and paying homage to him.

Paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and illustrations ... About 150 works from major international museums, American and European, but also from private collections, are exhibited in a journey that illustrates the crucial moments of Mirò's creative evolution.

Sometimes a "fauves", a cubist and then a dadaist, the Catalan artist who loves colors adheres very quickly to the surrealist movement, becoming one of the great masters, inventing a completely new style, characterized by his passion for dreams, where forms and signs weave mysterious matches.

Neither abstract nor figurative, his oneiric universe is sometimes violent with the "wild" paintings of the '30s, at the height of the civil war in Spain, and soft and sweet with the Constellations, a series of small formats made in Varangéville- sur-mer between 1940 and 1941, in which his favorite creatures dance: women, stars and birds. A permanent dialogue with dreams, which is also found in works on ceramics and in sculptures.

Summary
Exhibition title: Joan Mirò
Location:  Gran Palais – Paris
Dates: until February 4, 2019
Info and tickets: www.grandpalais.fr

 

 

16. The creativity of Gio Ponti at Musee des Arts Decoratifs – Paris

All Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi-Designer. This is the title of the exhibition, presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Rue de Rivoli in Paris, dedicated to the great Milanese master of design and architecture, certainly among the most important of the twentieth century.

The inauguration of the extensive retrospective is scheduled for October 19th and there will be time to visit it until February 10th 2019. With the curatorship of Olivier Gabet, Dominique Forest, Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas and Salvatore Licitra, the exhibition traces the long career by Gio Ponti, from 1921 up to 1978.

"Eclectic creator, interested both in industrial production and craftsmanship, Gio Ponti has enriched post-war architecture, indicating the prospects for a new art of living," said the curators.

On display, there will be more than five hundred pieces, many of which are exhibited for the first time, including architecture and furnishings, but also ceramics, lamps, glass and magazines. The set-up is designed by the Wilmotte & Associés studio, with the graphic design of Italo Lupi for signage and the BETC agency for the graphic design of communication documents.

Molteni & C, who at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has lent some original furnishings today part of the Molteni Museum collection, is contributing to the exhibition. In fact, since 2010, the Brianza-based company has re-edited the pieces signed by Gio Ponti that have been created over the past 50 years.

Summary 

Exhibition title: All Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi-Designer
Location:  Musee des Arts Decoratifs – Paris
Dates: until February 10, 2019
Info and tickets: www.madparis.fr


 

 

17. Andy Warhol back at Whitney Museum of Arts – New York  

Whitney Museum of American Arts presents a special exhibition about Andy Warhol: It is the first in thirty years dedicated to the brilliant artist from an American museum.

Curated by Donna De Salvo (deputy director, senior curator, Whitney) and entitled "Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again", the exhibition will open its doors on 12 November and will continue until March 31, 2019 telling, through a path more than 350 works, forty years of career of the father of pop art. 

The exhibition space will occupy almost the entire building built by Renzo Piano in the shadow of the Highline.

They are working on the organization of this event for about eight years, even before the museum moved to the new location in the Meatpacking district.

Whitney director Adam Weinberg explained, pointing out that such a long gestation is due to the fact that to face such an enterprise "we need a lot of knowledge and a lot of space".

The exhibition will focus on the production of the '70s and' 80s.

After New York the exhibition will move to San Francisco and Chicago.

Summary
Exhibition title: Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again
Location: Whitney Museum, New York
Curator: Donna De Salvo, Christie Mitchell and Mark Loiacono
Dates: from November 12, 2018, to March 31, 2019
Info and tickets: www.whitney.org
 

 

18. Jackson Pollock in Rome

The "Complesso of Vittoriano" presents an anti-conformism, psychological introspection and experimentation exhibition about Jackson Pollock and the greatest representatives of the New Drawing School of New York. 

From October 10, the Ala Brasini of Complesso Vittoriano will host one of the most precious artworks of the collection of the Whitney Museum in New York: Jackson PollockMark RothkoWillem de KooningFranz Kline and many other representatives of the New York Drawing School. In Rome with all the energy and the breaking character that made them eternal and unforgettable "Irascible".

Through about 50 masterpieces - including the famous Number 27, Pollock's large canvas, over 3m long, made iconic by the masterly balance between the brushstrokes of black and the fusion of the clearest colors - vivid colors, harmony of shapes, subjects and abstract representations immerse observers in a magnificent artistic context: abstract expressionism.

Summary
Exhibition title: Jackson Pollock 
Location: The Complesso of Vittoriano, Rome
Curator: Luca Beatrice
Dates: October 10 , 2018 > January 6, 2019 
Info and tickets: www.ilvittoriano.com
 

  1. Gilbert & George at Luma Foundation – Arles, France

Luma Foundation of Arles (France) is having a big exhibition about the British duo artists Gilbert & George called "The Great Exhibition" until February 6, 2019.

The creative universe of the most "unfair" couple of contemporary art who, with self-portraits full of British humor, fights the conformation of the middle class.

This is a major retrospective dedicated to Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore.

The exhibition, curated by Danel Birnbaum, resigning director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, and by Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, exposes 80 works of the creative universe of the British duo.

Summary

Exhibition title: The Great Exhibition
Location: Luma Foundation, Arles (France)
Curators: Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist
Dates: until February 6, 2019
Info and tickets: www.luma-arles.org
 

 

20. Tribute to giants at Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao

The Museo Guggenheim Bilbao exhibits about fifty works of great figures of Impressionism, Postimpressionism and the first modern masters, belonging to the famous Thannhauser Collection.

The special exhibition will take place from September 21, 2018 to March 24, 2019.

For the Thannhauser Collection it's the first time exhibition in a place other than New York.

CezánneDegasManetPicasso and Van Gogh are just some of the artists that can be admired in this important selection of pieces from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's Thannhauser Collection.

The works in this collection focus on avant-garde authors who sought to free art from the Academy of the late nineteenth century. 

Through their paintings, these artists explored the changing effects of nature and the ways of representing the city in transformation at the beginning of the twentieth century, using stylistic resources and innovative practices such as the loose brushstroke and the fragmentation of the pictorial plane.

The Thannhauser Collection provides an important review of the period that directly precedes that represented by the original core participation of the Guggenheim, which is largely concentrated in abstract art.

Thannhauser's works bring to the forefront avant-garde artists who have tried to free art from academic genres and techniques, exploring instead the ephemeral effects of nature and urban subjects, and employing stylistic devices like loose brushstrokes and unusual compositions. 

Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy documents Thannhausers' commitment to some of the most innovative artists of their time and underlines the wide openness of the family and the convincing support for experimental art, which lives at the Guggenheim.

Through this collection, the aim is to capture the diversity of artistic styles that emerged as a reaction to the two dominant currents in the art of that time: academic naturalism and the Impressionists devotion to the natural world.

You can see works like Saint-Remy's Mountains by Van GoghLandscape near Antwerp by Georges Braque or Henri Rousseau's football players.

Summary 
Exihibion title: Van Gogh to Picasso
Promotion: Impressionism, Postimpressionism and Modern Art
Edited by: Megan Fontanella, curator at Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Date: from September 21, 2018 to March 24, 2019
Websitewww.guggenheim-bilbao.eus

 

 

21. Sean Scully’s world at Smithsonian Institute – Washington

In the extraordinary setting of the Smithsonian Institute, the solo exhibition of one of the great names in international painting, Sean Scully (1945), is underway.

On show more than 30 large works including oil paintings and drawings, which span about thirty years, from '74 to today.

If painting still has the sense of existing - according to the words of Eccher - in the panorama of contemporary art where the languages and forms of expression are multiplied to excess, it is due to artists such as Sean Scully.

 

His path is marked by the passage from a more geometric and linear image, to a less rigorous one, where the color, beyond tones, becomes more full-bodied and the more impulsive trait accompanied by thick layers of brushstrokes.

The drawings on display, pastels on paper, go from '90 to the recent period, the conspicuous and most representative part of the staff is dedicated to the paintings, from the early 70s to today, large oil paintings where we can trace the influences of Mark Rothko, for the large and informal spaces of color that represent the spiritual and impacting part of abstractionism, and Giorgio Morandi, from which he draws inspiration on the art of creating variations and colors within the same range of colors chromatic veiling.

This is how we move from the works of the early '70s, where minimalism and geometry are the distinctive elements, at the end of the' 80s (Cathedral, 1989) and in the '90s (Gabriel, 1993) to a survey on the thickness and on the color body up to create works of great impact such as Sea Wall in 2002 and Wall of light dusk in 2004. 

That of Sean Scully is a complex poetics, which combines and confuses multiple interpretative plans, which moves from intellectual rarefaction to reach the depths of the most secret spirituality, which is aware of playing a leading role in the great family of abstractionism. D.E.

Sean Scully was born in Dublin in 1945, moved to London with his family, and in 1983 he became an American citizen. In 1977 he got his first personal exhibition at the Rowan Gallery in London. He has exhibited in the most important museums and foundations of contemporary art in the world, including the Museum of Art-Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in 1985 (first personal exhibition in the United States), the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Palacio Velázquez of Madrid and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich. In 1992 he made a film about Matisse for the BBC.

 
Summary
Exhibition title: Sean Scully: Landline
Location:  Smithsonian Institute – Washington
Dates: until February 3, 2019
Info and tickets: www.si.edu