By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a new exhibit coming to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Eyewitness News got a sneak peek on Friday of “Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas.”

It’s a survey of the work of the Irish American artist.

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Scully is described as a key figure in contemporary abstract painting and has been creating pieces for more than five decades.

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“This retrospective tells a story and it shows a typed geometry that moves gradually through decades to a more expressive, emotional, looser kind of painting,” Scully said.

“For those who don’t know Sean Scully’s work, I am confident this will come as a revelation to them,” Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said. “He’s one of the great figures, in my view, in the history of contemporary painting.”

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The exhibit opens to the public on Monday and runs through early July.