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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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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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Cell by Peter Halley contemporary artwork Peter HalleyCell, 1983 Acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on unprimed canvas
152 x 203 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
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
Waddington Custot
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
Waddington Custot
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
Waddington Custot
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
Waddington Custot
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
Waddington Custot
Untitled (green cell) (10/28/99.2) by Peter Halley contemporary artwork Peter HalleyUntitled (green cell) (10/28/99.2), 2000 Acrylic paints on laser-printed paper
61 x 45.7 cm
Waddington Custot
Untitled (brown cell) (5/4/00.3) by Peter Halley contemporary artwork Peter HalleyUntitled (brown cell) (5/4/00.3), 2000 Acrylic paints on laser-printed paper
28 x 21.6 cm
Waddington Custot

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Halley, Peter Halley at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
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23 June–10 September 2017 Peter Halley Peter Halley Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow

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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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