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Chelsea Wall #1

Sean Scully, American (born Ireland), born 1945


Oil on canvas

9 feet 2 inches × 11 feet (279.4 × 335.3 cm)

© Sean Scully/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / IVARO, Ireland

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of John J. Hannan, 2010

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Chelsea Wall #1 was the first major work that Sean Scully completed in his studio on West 17th Street, in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The painting both captures the spirit of the postindustrial urban landscape and relates specifically to local architecture. Scully has referred to it as seemingly “full of light and air”—a description evocative of the nearby Hudson River piers and equally apt to the composition’s distinctively flag-like, multicolored bands.

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