A Doric monument to the Abstract Painting
The IVAM presents 'Doric' by Sean Scully, a series of paintings that pay homage to the classical order of Greek architecture
Sean Scully (Dublin, 1945) presents a new work at the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern (IVAM) which is intended to claim the Greek Doric from their usual pictorial reflections about optical illusions, perception of the relief to through serial structures and the sense of movement from the overlay. A series - Doric –, which chase to convert the abstract into the monumental, following the maxims of moderation, balance and symmetry that guarantees the pure beauty of classical architecture.
From 2008 to present, Scully has worked on a set of large-scale works that continue on the path of that first series of the 80's - watercolors and drawings in an artist's summer residence on the Greek island of Simi –, whose inspiration was the architecture, light and Mediterranean colors. A celebration of Greek culture through architecture, in which the artist has allowed the use of a surprisingly wide range of blacks who reminds his paintings of the '70s, from his love affair with minimalist art and the "sumptuous black" according to seventeenth century Spanish painters such as Francisco de Zurbarán.
Sean Scully's Doric is curated by Oscar Humphries and had been previously exhibited at the Benaki Museum in Athens. It will be seen in the IVAM until October 28 and will travel to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and then to the Museum of Classical Art of Mougins (France) throughout 2013. Alejandro Martínez