Comments on: Paintings by Sean Scully and Mary Webb http://abstractcritical.com/article/paintings-by-sean-scully-and-mary-webb/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Anders Knutsson http://abstractcritical.com/article/paintings-by-sean-scully-and-mary-webb/#comment-667629 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:02:59 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8314#comment-667629 First, I want to agree with the previous commentators, and thank Emyr for an enjoyable, insightful review. Some thought on the reference to Miles’ “Kind of Blue”. This is THE most known, played, sold, owned, written-about of all jazz recordings! Quad platinum. Somewhere it says “This is the one jazz record owned by people who don’t listen to jazz, and with good reason.” Hmmm… also “the key recording of what became modal jazz, a music free of the fixed harmonies and forms of pop songs” and also of course, since 1959, hugely influential on all music following, and I daresay ALL art, one way or another. So therefore, this deserves some looking into, or question! Did Scully piggyback on Kind of Blue, with the title Kind of Red? For sure?? Since I have met the man and he was not nuts, mean or thoughtless then….what? Or rather, perhaps: “So What”? – the simple 101 quickie that the title would derive from Blue being Cool and by some “left-brain” analogy “Red being Hot”, that these paintings would be the complete opposite to Miles’ concept of “modal and free of fixed harmonies”… Nice try, Scull, they are neither/not to me. They are “classic Sean Scully” to me. And that aint bad, so for heavens sake, so leave the real Kind of Blue out.
I also respond to Mary Webb’s work, abstract! yes, yes… and just briefly: bang on that they would work great on high quality silkscreen! Now a lowly medium to most, but it doesn’t have to be!I just hope that still exists….but that is another story.

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By: Tania http://abstractcritical.com/article/paintings-by-sean-scully-and-mary-webb/#comment-660475 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:09:59 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8314#comment-660475 Agreed, a thoughtful and enjoyable review….Claude Viallat is mentioned elsewhere (Support/Surface & Sabine Tress interview)…any chance of a more in-depth article on him/his work, perhaps an interview even?

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By: Geoff Hands http://abstractcritical.com/article/paintings-by-sean-scully-and-mary-webb/#comment-655759 Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:38:16 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8314#comment-655759 This is a thoughtful article that prompts me to see these shows. I like the metaphor of the boxing match and I wonder if the ‘champion’ is the knowingness the successful painter can rely on to ‘produce the goods’. To extend the metaphor, one wants to make a ‘knock out’ painting, so must take risks and be prepared to fail. For Scully, a painter who is massively talented and successful, the on-going challenge to continue to develop is surely a heavy burden at times.

I am not so sure that the statement made by Scully shuts down possibilities though. His intention for producing something “very rhythmical”, with the desire to create a counterpoint to the support, is quite general and I can imagine a modal-jazz player improvising with a not too definite structure like this – where the listener might be taken to the shifting edges too. This would be inherently vulnerable.

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By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/article/paintings-by-sean-scully-and-mary-webb/#comment-641064 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:57:10 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8314#comment-641064 Emyr, I like the way you can draw distinctions between different ways of letting the artwork be. The metaphor of the ideal and its challenger is a good one. And the degree of variation in a series is a good objective measure.

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