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Peter Halley: Maintain Speed

Peter Halley

Published March 2nd 2000
ISBN : 9781891024160
Hardcover
228 pages
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Painter, writer, teacher, and publisher: Peter Halley has been a widely influential figure in the international art world since his bold canvases were first shown in the early 1980s. Emerging from the East Village Neo-Geo scene, Halley soon becameMorePainter, writer, teacher, and publisher: Peter Halley has been a widely influential figure in the international art world since his bold canvases were first shown in the early 1980s. Emerging from the East Village Neo-Geo scene, Halley soon became known for his aggressively colored Day-Glo paintings of square cells and rectilinear conduits, titled with references ranging from the erudite to the pop. While his paintings may initially recall the abstractions of Newman, Mondrian, and Albers, Halleys work breaks with the modernest agenda by insisting on a figurative referent, and, as curator and critic Dan Cameron has noted, Halley effectively restate(s) the terms of abstraction in our time. For Halley, geometry is a profoundly social fact and his paintings are diagrams of the experience of space and time in contemporary society, depictions of loneliness and of connection. Peter Halley: Maintain Speed is a visual tour de force stunningly designed by COMA in collaboration with the artist. The book surveys the full range of his career and includes essays by an international roster of noted art critics.