Meet the Artist
Peter Halley was born in New York City and received a BA from Yale University and MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1978. Halley creates geometric paintings that engage in a play of relationships between what he calls “prisons” and “cells” – icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live. Halley has had several one-person museum exhibitions during the 90s at numerous venues including the Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1991), the Des Moines Art Center (1992), the Dallas Museum of Art (1995), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997), the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (1998), and the Butler Institute of American Art (1999). His work has been exhibited in galleries in Chicago, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, and Tokyo. Halley also has produced site-specific works since the mid-nineties for the University at Buffalo (1998), the city library in Usera, Spain (2002), the Banco Suisso d’Italia Art Collection, Turin (2003), and the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport in Texas (2005). From 1996 to 2006, Peter Halley published Index Magazine. He has taught at Columbia University, UCLA, and the School of Visual Arts. Since 2002, Peter Halley has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art.