Untitled (10.14.96). 1996. Pastel. Lower right signed, dated and betitelt "10.14.96". On Saunders Waterford Series (with the blindstamp). 57.5 x 76.2 cm (22.6 x 30 in), nearly the full sheet. [CH].
• In the combination of straight lines, soft edges, warm tones, rectangular color fields and checkerboard patterns as well as a slight asymmetry, Scully created a tension-filled work. • Comparable pastels by the artist can be found at, among others, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and London's Tate Gallery. • In the year this work was made a comprehensive traveling exhibition with shows at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Denver Art Museum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich was devoted to the artist's works on paper.
PROVENANCE: Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (with a gallery label on the reverse). Private collection (acquired from the above). Private collection (acquired from the above).
EXHIBITION: Sean Scully, Moving or Profound or Necessary or Beautiful, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, April 11 - June 28, 2015, pp. 86f. (with color illu.).
"I paint in layers and the edges are complex and indeterminate. That gives my pictures a real reference to time and work: a real person carried them out, investing real time and doing real work [.]. I use stripes and ribbons and lines and checkerboard patterns to create rhythm. I want to constantly create new combinations, figures and connections that are like the rhythm of the music of life [.]. " Sean Scully, 1996, quote from: Kirsten Claudia Voigt (editors), Inner. Gesammelte Schriften und ausgewählte Interviews von Sean Scully, Berlin 2018, p. 54.