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    A SCULLY TO DIE FOR AT DE VERES

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020

    A 1998 work by Sean Scully with a top estimate of €900,000 leads de Veres online sale of outstanding Irish Art and Sculpture in Dublin on July 23. An oil on linen, Double Window is signed and dated and measures 54″ x 48 1/8″. In a catalogue note Dr. Frances Ruane comments: “Although his work is geometric and totally abstract, his starting point comes from what he’s looking at or what he’s feeling rather than in solving academic visual problems. In the process of painting he does construct abstract dialogues that are purely visual, but this isn’t the driving force behind the work.  Although the colour is bold, ‘Double Window’ shows how, with Scully, it is carefully nuanced, with underpainting coming through the top layer of paint. This is a particularly theatrical composition, a visual story of opposing forces, the artist struggling to make the double insets live with that powerful background, and to have them live with each other. Scully’s success is that while the struggle is evident, he manages to make it work.” 

    Sean Scully RA, b.1945 DOUBLE WINDOW (1998) (€600,000 – €900,000)

    A GLOBAL SALES SERIES AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

    While in some ways the June sales at Sotheby’s in New York mark the return to business as usual they have been completely re–imagined. Significant offerings of high value material will be brought to the market in flagship live sales conducted remotely by Oliver Barker in London. The New York Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary evening sales will be live-streamed to the world. Bidders will be able to take part either via the phones or online in the usual way. This truly global experience will usher in a new era of marquee auctions that marry the best of the established live auction format with the latest technology, and the modifications for safety that current circumstances require.

    IF by Sean Scully at the Contemporary Art evening auctions ($700,000-900,000). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $1,280,000

    IRISH ARTISTS AT BONHAMS PRIVATE SALES

    Friday, May 15th, 2020

    Contemporary Irish artists Conor Harrington and Sean Scully feature at Bonhams sales. A large oil painting by Conor Harrington (Irish, born 1980) ‘L’Amour et La Violence’ executed in 2013, and a Sean Scully (Irish, born 1945) watercolour and graphite on paper, ‘Mirror’ from 2008 are on offer in Post War and Contemporary Art private treaty sales. This service provides clients with a bespoke approach to buying and selling, outside of the auction calendar. Interested parties are advised to contact the auctioneers directly for prices.

    Conor Harrington – L’Amour et La Violence

    SEAN SCULLY AT SOTHEBY’S CONTEMPORARY SALE

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

    The Contemporary Art day sale at Sotheby’s in London on February 12 will feature two works by Sean Scully, Pink Three (£200,000-300,000) and 8.20.89 (£50,000-70,000). UPDATE: PINK THREE WAS UNSOLD, 8.20.89 MADE £62,500.

    Sean Scully B. 1945 PINK THREE

    A SCULLY HIGHLIGHT AT PARIS ART SALE

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

    A Sean Scully work from a private collection in Paris comes up at Sotheby’s Art Contemporain day sale on December 5. The pastel on paper 5.27.91 is estimated at 150,000-200,000 euro. It was previously at the Mayor Rowan Gallery in New York.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200,000

    SEAN SCULLY’S LANDLINE FIRE AT HONG KONG SALE

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

    Landline Fire, a 2014 oil on aluminium by Sean Scully, comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in Hong Kong on October 6 with an estimate of 7-9 million HKD (around 800,000-1 million euro). Exhibiting radiant swathes of rich amber and ocher against deep sage-green this is an exceptional example of the artist’s ongoing investigation of striped forms. The work hails from the artist’s Landline series which was exhibited to great acclaim alongside the 56th Venice Biennale. Inspired by the intense beauty of sun-drenched Venice, Italy, the Landline works marked a transition from his earlier hard-edged forms to his current more gestural and expressive style.

    Sean Scully – Landline Fire

    SCULLY’S LINOSA AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019

    A 1985 oil on canvas by Sean Scully comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art day auction in New York on May 17. Linosa is estimated at $300,000-400,000. It was exhibited at the Princeton show A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton Art Faculty 1975-1985.

    Sean Scully – Linosa

    SCULLY AND O’MALLEY TO FEATURE AT SOTHEBY’S MADE IN BRITAIN SALE

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

    An etching by Sean Scully and two works on paper by Tony O’Malley will feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale in London on March 20. Sotto Voce by Scully, an etching and aquatint in colours, is estimated at £1,000-2,000.  O’Malley’s Three birds from a window  and another work entitled Winter Forms are each estimated at £1,000-1,500.  Both are charcoal, pastel and oil on paper.

    Sean Scully – Sotto Voce

    Tony O’Malley – Three birds from a window

    A COLOSSAL NUDE BY JENNY SAVILLE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, February 28th, 2019

    Juncture 1994 by Jenny Saville.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £5,442,200

    A colossal nude titled Juncture by British artist Jenny Saville is among the highlights at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on March 5.  The giantess painting will be offered with an estimate between £5,000,000-7,000,000, the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on a work by a living female artist. A paradigm of the fleshy female body in paint and Saville’s principal subject, the work was born from the artist’s study of twentieth-century feminist theory and the male-dominated canon of traditional nude portraiture. Towering three metres tall, the painting celebrates the female body in a way that squares up to the depictions of women in the traditional art historical canon, and to modern society’s obsession with ageless perfection and petite symmetrical proportion.

    The sale will comprise a total of 68 lots, ranging from a private collection of parodic works by rebellious German duo Albert Oehlen andMartin Kippenberger, to explosive works on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat, an iconic Pop canvas by Roy Lichtenstein, and the inexorable gaze of Lucian Freud. 70% of lots will appear on the market for the first time, with 35% heralding from five private collections including that of Marc Jacobs, David Teiger and Louis J.C. Tan.

    Albert Oehlen – Die Badenden, 1999 (£1 – 1.5 million)   UPDATE: THIS MADE £2,295,000

    Sean Scully – Landline (£700,000-£1 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £831,000

    SCULLY, YEATS, LAVERY, LE BROCQUY AT WHYTE’S

    Saturday, February 24th, 2018

    Nearly 200 works of Irish and international art will come under the hammer  at Whytes  sale at the RDS, Dublin on February 26.  The most expensively estimated lot is a west of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry, thought to be an Achill scene (80,000-120.000).  Another highlight is le Brocquy’s homage to the poet John Montague. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for February 19, 2018)

    UPDATE: Over 80% of lots were sold and the sale realised 820,000.

    NIGHT, 2005 SEAN SCULLY  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,000 AT HAMMER

    WINTER IN GALWAY, FROM LADY GREGORY’S HOUSE, COOLE PARK, 1944 JACK BUTLER YEATS UPDATE: THIS AMDE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    KAID MACLEANS’ CAMP. A WET DAY SIR JOHN LAVERY RA RSA RHA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    ROOFTOPS, 1963 STELLA STEYN  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    William Scott’s First Triangles from a poem for Alexander  UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER