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Wall of Light Red Night

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Wall of Light Red Night

Artist: Sean Scully (American, born Ireland, born 1945)
Date: 2003-2004
Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions:
Overall (whole canvas): 108 1/16 × 131 15/16 × 2 7/8 in. (274.5 × 335.1 × 7.3 cm.)
Panel (1): 108 1/16 x 87 15/16 x 2 7/8 in. (274.5 x 223.4 x 7.3 cm.)
Panel (2): 108 1/16 x 44 x 2 7/8 in. (274.5 x 111.8 x 7.3 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2004.4
Accession number: 2004.4
Classification: painting
Copyright:ARS
Label TextSean Scully rose to international prominence in the 1980s and is now regarded as one of the most significant abtract painters of his time. One of Scully's recent paintings, Wall of Light Red Night (2004), is part of the artist's "Wall of Light" series, begun in 1958 in response to Mexican architectural brickwork. This painting is representative of Scully's use of rectangles of color stacked horizontally and vertically, with the spaces between the blocks revealing underlying color. Source: News, January February March, 2005.
Published References"Sean Scully: Wall of Light", The Phillips Collection, 2005, pgs. 90-91(color ill.); 168
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