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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Peter Halley

b. 1953, USA

For over twenty-five years, Peter Halley’s geometric paintings have been engaged in a play of rela­tionships between what he calls 'prisons' and 'cells' that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space. Inspired by New York City’s gridded urban plan and by his own isolation within it, he imagines the abstract shape as a barred prison cell connected to the outside world through electronic communication.

Largely associated with Neo-Conceptualism and Minimalist art, Peter Halley is famed for his vibrantly-coloured geometrical paintings, often described as square prisons. Halley challenges the concept of space, viewing his principle motif, the square, as a metaphor for confinement. Reflecting the idea of prisons, solitary themes play crucial to Halley’s work. The artist refers to the time when he first arrived in New York, recollecting the isolated hardships he faced upon living alone. The importance of solitary isolation in his work is further enhanced by his intensely bright, almost fluorescent, colour palette, which has often been interpreted as a clear movement away from the natural world. Using Roll-a-Tex and Day-Glo paint as his main material sources, Halley’s art thus transcends modern principles as a reflection of contemporary society.

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Featured Artworks

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Yesterday by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyYesterday, 2019 Metallic acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas
228.6 x 177.8 x 10.2 cm
Modern Art
Changeland by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyChangeland, 2019 Acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
217.2 x 187.9 cm
Modern Art
Cell by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyCell, 1983 Acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on unprimed canvas
152 x 203 cm
Almine Rech
Three Prisons by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyThree Prisons, 2009 Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
213.4 x 160 cm
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Raising Hope II by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyRaising Hope II, 2013 Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
114.3 x 73.7 cm
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Dust by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyDust, 2009 Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
203.2 x 144.8 cm
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Untitled (magenta cell) (6/22/99.4) by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyUntitled (magenta cell) (6/22/99.4), 2001 Acrylic paints on laser-printed paper
61 x 45.7 cm
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Untitled (blue cell) (6/8/99.5) by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyUntitled (blue cell) (6/8/99.5), 2000 Acrylic paints on laser-printed paper
28 x 21.6 cm
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Peter Halley at Sperone Westwater and Lever House Related Press Peter Halley at Sperone Westwater and Lever House Art in America : 1 February 2019

A central fixture in New York's conceptualist Neo-Geo scene of the 1980s, Peter Halley's work all but disappeared from the city's galleries by the start of the '90s, and for the subsequent decade was exhibited chiefly abroad. Sperone Westwater's recent show comprised ten paintings Halley made between 1997 and 2002 that are owned by Gian Enzo...

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Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. Related Press Where are they now? Tracking the Neo-geometric Conceptualists. LEAP Magazine : 4 April 2016

We live in a state of the perpetual present. With the revolving door of exhibitions in more and more venues, commercial and scholarly alike, thousands of artists appear on a relatively flat plane of aesthetics. This is good for a lot of things—fair art criticism among them—but it tends to hurt our understanding, as viewers, of where the...

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