Portrait of Robert and Ethel Scull (1967) by George Segal, via Acquavella Galleries
Currently on view at Acquavella Galleries is an exhibition which brings together many works from the collection of Robert and Ethen Scull. Pioneers of Pop Art (known as the Mom and Pop of Pop), the Sculls dominated the art world during the 1960s and and early 1970s. The exhibition is comprised of forty-four works of art made by twenty-three artists. Works by Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, and Any Warhol are reunited again and emphasize the extraordinary collecting personality of Robert and Ethen Scull.
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Ethel Scull 36 Times (1965) by Andy Warhol, via Acquavella Galleries
During the mid-1950s the Sculls began acquiring works by leading Abstract Expressionists such as William de Kooning, Claes Oldenburg, Clyfford Still, and Barnett Newman. They hence established a remarkable collection of works of art by artists from the New York City. Spurred to uncover the next new trend, they soon began collecting Pop Art and consequently became the first owners of many works which are now considered masterpieces such as Andy Warhol’s 200 One Dollar Bills, which sold this past autumn for $43.8 million; Police Gazette, 1995, by William de Kooning; Jasper John’s Map, a gift from the Sculls to the Museum of Modern Art; and the Iconic Ethel Scull 36 Times, Warhol’s first commissioned portrait.
Cake Wedge (1962) by Claes Oldenburg, via Acquavella Galleries
Perhaps the Sculls’ greatest love was for Jasper Johns. They were among the earliest collectors of John’s work and at one point owned 22 masterworks of which seven are included in the exhibition such as Iconic Painted Bronze (Ale Cans) (1960), The Critic Sees (1961), and Double Flag which Scull commissioned in 1961.
Target (1961) by Jasper Johns, via Acquavella Galleries
The current exhibition at Acquavella Galleries presents for the first time a comprehensive selection of the artwork which the Sculls owned. Neither the high-profile Scull auction of 1973 nor the estate sale after Robert Scull’s death provided such an overview. The exhibition was organized by writer and former Whitney Museum curator Judith Goldman who borrowed many of the works on display from major museums and private collections. Portrait of a Collection brings together a rare amount of exceptional artworks from some of the later twentieth century’s greatest American artists.
Untitled (1967) by Bruce Nauman, via Acquavella Galleries
Robert & Ethen Scull: Portrait of a Collection [Acquavella Galleries]
Showing a Couple’s Eye for Art and Money [NY Times]
Rating the Scull Collection [Artinfo]
The Sculls’ Warhols, Jasper Johns, and Rauschenbergs All Together Again [Blackbook]
Acquavella Opens Exhibition Documenting the Scull Collection [Artdaily]