Red Prison

About Peter Halley

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.

American, b. 1953, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
BLACK'N'WHITE, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz
2016
Group Exhibition: Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2015
Geometric Obsession, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Peter Halley, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY, Knokke

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
BLACK'N'WHITE, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz
2016
Group Exhibition: Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2016
In Different Ways, Almine Rech, London
2016
'H-H. Halley meets Hortal', Galeria Senda, Barcelona
2015
Geometric Obsession, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
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