Jonathan Jones reviews 'Sean Scully: Sea Star' at The National Gallery
12 April 2019
Exhibitions by contemporary artists at the National Gallery make most sense when those artists intelligently engage with its great collection of European (including British) painting. This feels like a return to the more careful shows it used to put on, inviting established, mature modern artists to respond to its treasures. It’s obvious in each pink smear that Scully has thought about the mystery of painting all his life. That makes his encounter with Turner a worthwhile walk on the beach.
Sean Scully: Sea Star continues at The National Gallery through 11 August, 2019
Image: Sean Scully, Sex and death in squares ... Robe Magdalena (Detail), 2017 © Sean Scully