navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share

Peter Halley

Red Prison, 2005

Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, pearlescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on two adjoined canvases
42 1/4 × 42 1/4 in
107.3 × 107.3 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
HA
Heritage Auctions

Provenance: The artist; Private collection, Dallas, acquired from the above.

Provenance: The artist; Private collection, Dallas, acquired from the above.

Signature
Signed twice and dated on the reverse: Peter Halley / Peter Halley / 2005
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Peter Halley
American, b. 1953
Follow

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.

navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
About the work
HA
Heritage Auctions

Provenance: The artist; Private collection, Dallas, acquired from the above.

Provenance: The artist; Private collection, Dallas, acquired from the above.

Signature
Signed twice and dated on the reverse: Peter Halley / Peter Halley / 2005
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Peter Halley
American, b. 1953
Follow

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

Red Prison, 2005

Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, pearlescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on two adjoined canvases
42 1/4 × 42 1/4 in
107.3 × 107.3 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Peter Halley