Peter Halley

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Peter Halley
Peter Halley Joy Pop 1998.gif
Joy Pop, 1998, Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, Metallic acrylic & Roll-a-Tex on canvas, 75 x 74 inches
Born (1953-09-24) September 24, 1953 (age 63)
New York City[1]
Nationality American
Education Yale University[1]
University of New Orleans[1]
Known for Painting, Abstract art, Printmaking
Movement Minimalism, Neo-Geo
Awards Frank Jewett Mather Award (2001)[2]

Peter Halley (born September 24, 1953), is an abstract artist from New York City.


Early life and career[edit]

Halley first came to prominence as a result of the geometric paintings rendered in intense day-glo colors that he produced in the early 1980s. His practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism and neo-geo. Halley is also known as a writer, publisher and teacher.

He received his B.A. in 1975 from Yale University and his M.F.A. in 1978 from the University of New Orleans.[1] He stayed in New Orleans for two more years until he moved to New York in 1980. He has lived and worked there ever since.[1]

Halley first exhibited in 1985 at International with Monument, an art gallery in New York City's East Village. Since then, he has had exhibitions with Maruani & Mercier Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Jablonka Galerie, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and Waddington Galleries. The first major survey of his work was held at the CAPC museum in Bordeaux, France, in 1992.

Halley has lectured extensively, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy in Rome. He was a co-founder of Index Magazine and published the magazine from 1996 to 2006.[1] Halley's writings on art, influenced by French post-structuralism, have been published in two volumes. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association.[2]

From 2002 to 2011, he was Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art.[1]

His works are held in the collections of MoMA,[3] the Tate,[4] Guggenheim.[5] and Art Plural Gallery.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Halley, Peter (2010). "BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY". Peter Halley. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Awards". The College Art Association. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  3. ^ MoMA online catalogue
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  6. ^ Art Plural Gallery

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