Peter Halley (b. 1953)
Silver Cell over Two Horizontal Prisons, 2007
Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, Metallic acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
72 (H) x 50 (W) x 4 (D) inches
Born in New York City, Halley received a B.A. from Yale University in 1975 and an M.F.A. from University of New Orleans in 1978. In 1980, he returned to New York, where he has lived and worked ever since.
Halley’s artistic career achieved early success when he began associating with and showing work at the East Village gallery International with Monument in 1984. In the years since, Halley has had one-person museum exhibitions at institutions including the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1991), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1992), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1992), the Des Moines Art Center (1992), the Dallas Museum of Art (1995), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997), and the Butler Institute of American Art (1999).
Halley is an accomplished arts and culture critic as well as a painter. From 1996 to 2006, he published index Magazine, known for in-depth interviews with creative people. Halley received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for critical writing from the College Art Association in 2001. Since 2002, Halley has been Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art.
Halley’s work can be found in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim, among others.
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