Peter Halley, Born September 24, 1953, is an abstract artist from New York City. Halley first came to prominence as a result of the geometric paintings rendered in intense day-glo colours that he produced in the early 1980s. His practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism, neo-geo, and neo-conceptualism. Halley is also known as a writer, publisher and teacher.
He received his B.A in 1975 from Yale University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans in1978. 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 Mary Boone Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Jablonka Galerie, Galerie Thaddeus 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 is a co-founder and publisher of Index Magazine. Halley’s writings on art, influenced by French post-structuralism, have been published in two volumes.
Since 2001, he has been director of graduate studies in painting/printmaking at the Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT.