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Artist Talk: Peter Halley. Paintings and Projects

24 June 2017


On the eve of the opening of his solo exhibition in Moscow, legendary American artist Peter Halley will talk about the way his work style has changed throughout different stages of his career from the 1980s to the present day.

Halley’s philosophy provided the basis for the Neo-Geometric conceptualism. From the very beginning of his creative career, Halley reacted to the complexity and scale of the urban structure, reflecting its transportation and communications systems in his paintings, drawings, and collages. Together with other Neo-Conceptualist artists, including Koons, Steinbach, Vaisman, and Bickerton, Halley drew inspiration from the paintings of Kazimir Malevich, Joseph Albers, and Barnett Newman.

Halley’s conceptualist art turns a set of figurative marks into a simple dictionary of architectural pictographs that determine the strict regulations of the space around us.



In addition to his successful artistic career, Peter Halley is the author of a number of essays on art and culture (Notes on the Paintings (1982), The Crisis in Geometry (1984), The Use of Geometry (1986), Notes on Abstraction (1987)) and the founder of the famous index Magazine. Halley's works were included in the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Whitney Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale and represented in such museums and art institutions as the Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Des Moines Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, etc.


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