Peter Halley, ‘Magenta Prison’, 2001, Painting, Acrylic, Day-Glo and Roll-a-Tex on canvas, Mimmo Scognamiglio / Placido
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Peter Halley

Magenta Prison, 2001

Acrylic, Day-Glo and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
48 × 39 4/5 in
122 × 101 cm
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Milano, Paris
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Peter Halley
American, b. 1953
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Having emerged in New York’s East Village Art scene in the early 1980s, Peter Halley is best known for his brightly colored, geometric paintings made of Roll-a-Tex, a textured paint used for decoration, as well as florescent Day-Glo paints. Developing his own visual lexicon, Halley engages in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells”—composed of rectangular shapes and vertical bars—evocative of geometric networks from the urban grid to high-rise apartment buildings to electromagnetic conduits. While his rigid planes of color, unitary shapes, and non-hierarchical compositions nod toward Minimalism, by transforming the Minimalist square into a prison cell, Halley’s works call the supposed neutrality of such art into question.

Peter Halley, ‘Magenta Prison’, 2001, Painting, Acrylic, Day-Glo and Roll-a-Tex on canvas, Mimmo Scognamiglio / Placido
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Peter Halley
American, b. 1953
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Having emerged in New York’s East Village Art scene in the early 1980s, Peter Halley is best known for his brightly colored, geometric paintings made of Roll-a-Tex, a textured paint used for decoration, as well as florescent Day-Glo paints. Developing his own visual lexicon, Halley engages in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells”—composed of rectangular shapes and vertical bars—evocative of geometric networks from the urban grid to high-rise apartment buildings to electromagnetic conduits. While his rigid planes of color, unitary shapes, and non-hierarchical compositions nod toward Minimalism, by transforming the Minimalist square into a prison cell, Halley’s works call the supposed neutrality of such art into question.

Peter Halley

Magenta Prison, 2001

Acrylic, Day-Glo and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
48 × 39 4/5 in
122 × 101 cm
.
Sold
Location
Milano, Paris
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