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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough

At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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b. 1953, USA

Peter Halley Biography

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.

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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.

Peter Halley Featured Artworks

Real Time by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyReal Time, 2008Acrylic, day-glo acrylic, Roll-a-Tex on canvas
75 x 79 1/2 inches
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Component by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyComponent, 2000Pearlescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on two adjoined canvasses
170 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Yesterday by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyYesterday, 2019Metallic acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas
228.6 x 177.8 x 10.2 cm
Modern Art Enquire about this work
Cell by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyCell, 1983Acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on unprimed canvas
152 x 203 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
To be titled by Peter Halley contemporary artwork
Peter HalleyTo be titled, 2016Acrylic, fluorescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas
182.9 x 195.6 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work

Peter Halley 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 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 1 February 2019, Art in America

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. 4 April 2016, LEAP Magazine

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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