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Peter Halley Studio Visit

New work by the NYC artist known for his colorfully bold "prison" paintings

by Jack Johnson in Culture on 27 July 2011

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Earlier this month, one of New York CIty's native artists, Peter Halley, invited some members of the press into his studio for a preview of his new works. For over 25 years Halley has painted his "prisons" and "cells," reflecting the "increasing geometricization of social space in the world we live in."

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Regardless of how you read the social commentary, these bold, bright paintings masterfully impose color and texture on the canvas. His use of a Roll-a-Tex, an industrial tool, creates such a powerful contrast of texture within his "cells" that the varied surfaces are visible when standing ten feet away.

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His new works will be on display at the Galerie Thomas Modern in Munich starting 9 September 2011 and running through 19 November 2011.

Images courtesy of The Ballast.

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