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View of “Sean Scully,” 2015.

Sean Scully

Sean Scully Art Space – Santa Cecília de Montserrat

View of “Sean Scully,” 2015.

“I have a highly intuitive relation with color; I don’t think of it at all,” Sean Scully recently told me. Yet one would hardly think so from his ensemble of pieces in the chapel of Santa Cecília at the Monastery of Montserrat, where Scully got carte blanche to create a series of works for permanent display in a sacred setting. This Benedictine chapel was built in the tenth century in the mountains near Barcelona and was recently restored and, after the artist’s intervention, renamed Sean Scully Art Space.

Here, despite Scully’s words, color seems deeply considered. The main nave has small windows of red monochromatic stained glass, while in the left aisle the windows are yellow and on the right side blue. Thus a trinity of primary colors defines the architecture of natural light entering the space. On each side of the main nave, close to the original entrance, there is a painting

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