DETAIL : Sean SCULLY Ireland 1945  Robe figure, 2003 2003 Painting oil on canvas
Sean SCULLY | Union black, 1994

Ireland 1945
to Great Britain 1949, to United States of America 1975
Union black, 1994 1994
oil on linen
canvas 218.4 (h) x 325.1 (w) cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
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Ned Rifkin: What is the black and white?
You come back to black and white all the time,
so how is it for you? What does it represent?

Sean Scully: It’s the absolute colour equivalent of the horizontal and the vertical. So when I’m doing something in black and white that’s horizontal and vertical, I am at my purest. I am at my most fundamental, my most unworldly, probably, my most unsensuous, and perhaps my most spiritually ambitious.

Sean Scully, interview with Ned Rifkin, in Ned Rifkin (ed.), Sean Scully: Twenty years 1976–1995, London: Thames & Hudson, 1995, pp. 57–80 (p. 77).

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