Painting is Combat: words with Sean Scully

A boxer, like a painter, must be be reactive and intuitive THE ROUGH trade of boxing and the high-end art world operate at different ends of the social spectrum. Yet for Sean Scully there are parallels between the best practitioners in each field. Both are gifted with a Zen-like quality to react instinctively and follow their intuition. “Boxing requires a huge amount of intuition,” he says. “You have to change your mind about what you’re doing, while you’re doing it. That’s intuition. Sean Scully on painting as combat (and Zen practice)

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