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Sean Scully, Four Dark Mirrors, 2002, oil on linen, four diptychs, the MFAH, museum purchase with funds provided by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund and gift of the artist. © 2012 Sean Scully / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / IVARO, Ireland

Artist Sean Scully Talks about His Work

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

This event is sold out. Standby tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture at the Brown Auditorium Theater box office. Please note that standby access is not guaranteed; guests in the standby line will be accommodated only if seating is available.

Second Annual Naomi Turner True Fall Lecture
"How I got started. How I evolved."
Presented by Sean Scully

Among the most powerful statements by artist Sean Scully is Four Dark Mirrors, a 2002 work in the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary art. Tonight, Scully places this masterpiece in the context of his evolving career and his studio practice, and he introduces the new directions his work has taken.

Over the past four decades, Scully has brought a profound commitment to the language of modern painting to his sonorously beautiful canvases. “If you have Matisse, Mondrian, Rothko, then you’ve got my work,” he has said. “I hold to a very Romantic ideal of what's possible in art.” At the same time, Scully has turned an attentive eye to the here and now, capturing the varying play of light and the built environment in his stacked and nuanced compositions. “I have tried to connect my work with the world that exists outside painting, from subject matter inspired by the street.” 

A reception cosponsored by the Glassell School of Art and contemporary@mfah follows the program.

Admission Information
Tickets for the original lecture date of November 1 will be honored at this rescheduled event. Current ticketholders who are not able to attend on this new date are asked to call 713.639.7771 as soon as possible to cancel their tickets.

Each year, the Glassell School of Art presents the Naomi Turner True Fall Lecture, which brings important artists to Houston. This series is sponsored by the Naomi Turner True Foundation.