The leading British/American abstract artist, Sean Scully will have a major museum exhibition in China to coincide with the Shanghai Biennale this year. Dai Zhikang, founder of the Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, has announced that it will host the exhibition of work in November 2014.
The Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, designed by Arata Isozaki, is a privately-funded, non-profit institution focusing on exhibitions, education programmes, collection displays, research and academic exchange. The museum presented a major exhibition of works by Tony Cragg in 2012.
After its showing in Shanghai, the exhibition will travel to the Chinese Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, also designed by Isozaki.
The exhibition, with the title Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully 1964-2014, is being arranged in association with Philip Dodd whose agency, Made in China has worked with major Chinese and UK cultural institutions and was creative consultant on Thomas Heatherwick’s award-winning Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010.
In June 2014, a major exhibition of Sean Scully’s paintings will be presented at Timothy Taylor Gallery in London, including the artist’s groundbreaking new work, Kind of Red, 2013.
Sean Scully has gained international prominence as one of the most admired contemporary abstract painters working today. Born in Dublin in 1945, he moved to England with his family in 1949. He studied at Croydon College of Art (1965–7), and then studied and taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1967–71), and in the USA at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1972–3). In 1975 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and established his studio in New York, where he settled, becoming an American citizen in 1983.
His work has been exhibited internationally and is held by numerous public collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Tate, London; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20K21, Düsseldorf; Albertina, Vienna; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and Instituto Valencia d’Arte Modern, Valencia.
Sean Scully lives and works in New York, Barcelona and Munich.