Artist Sean Scully Finds His Muse in Venice - Wall Street Journal Magazine
11 May 2019
“I’ve found my muse,” Sean Scully says, while strolling through an exhibition of his art in Venice.
The solo show, titled “Human,” opened May 8, just before this year’s Venice Biennale, an art extravaganza that sprawls across the city between May 11 and Nov. 24.
Mr. Scully’s exhibit, which isn’t formally part of the Biennale, contains more than 40 recent works. Several sprang from an unusual collaboration between the New York-based artist and a community of Benedictine monks living on San Giorgio, an island in the Venetian lagoon. The show is in the island’s basilica, San Giorgio Maggiore.
Many would say the 73-year-old Mr. Scully found his muse half a century ago when he embraced abstraction. And his trademark bands of color open the show here.
Image: Sean Scully, Opulent Ascension, 2019, San Giorgio Maggiore. Photo: Stefan Josef Mueller