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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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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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The Outer Limit by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyThe Outer Limit, 1994 Acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
288.5 x 309 cm
Waddington Custot
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
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

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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