Alexandra Koroxenidis previews the exhibition Sean Sully: Doric Order at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, on view from May 9 - July 15, 2012.
Koroxenidis writes: "The six featured paintings from the nine in the so-called 'Doric' series, which Scully began in 2008, are partly a response to the financial crisis that has spread throughout the Western world and is particularly acute in Greece. They also offer a more profound reflection of the Western values of humanism, moderation, and humility that our culture of excess seems to have abandoned. 'The current work has been germinating for a very long time, but seems a propos at the moment because Greece is so underappreciated,' [Scully] said. 'My work is a homage to Greece, but was also inspired by the battles fought against Cyrus and Xerxes, and the sacrifices that were made for all those values.' "
Sharon Butler directs our attention to a new video about painter Sean Scully. In the video Scully speaks about maintaining creative innocence - how searching rather than "plotting" is essential to making art. "This video is fascinating..." Butler writes "...If you're interested in other painters' process, don't miss the part toward the end where Scully starts putting paint on canvas."
Michael Rutherford discovers a great trailer for the documentary film Sean Scully: The Bloody Canvas, produced by Yellow Asylum Films for RTE, directed by Alan Gilsenan with photography direction by Richard Kendrick. The film mixes audio interview with footage of Scully working in his studio.
As the film begins, Scully remarks: "In my kind of art, and in a lot of performance art, where people use their bodies strenuously, there's a definite relationship between physical exertion and a kind of spirituality, so that you reach an elevated sense through this physical committment that you make, and the idea of work and craft and committment and effort all come together in a kind of revelation."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.