Thursday, January 05, 2006

Now THAT'S Some Insult

Stephen Maine reviews the work of Dublin-born, New York–based artist Sean Scully in the December issue of Art in America. Highlights:

"Entering Sean Scully's first New York show since 2001 was like slipping into a warm bath, so sensuous and reassuringly familiar are the pleasures afforded by immersion in his work."

"Scully's work can feel overdetermined by well-practiced panels eye procedure; he does not seem to significantly challenge himself from painting to painting as, with mixed results, Howard Hodgkin does."

And best of all:

"His brooding yet cautiously radiant palette and reductivist vocabulary of horizontal and vertical stripes qualify him as among the least transgressive, most deliberate painters around."


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