Peter Halley was born in New York (1953).
He studied at Yale University, where he gained his BA (1975), and at the University of New Orleans (MFA, 1978).
Since 1980, Halley has lived and worked in New York.
Peter Halley's geometric paintings are engaged 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 first came to prominence as a result of the geometric paintings rendered in intense day-glo colors that he produced in the early 1980's. His practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism, neo-geometric conceptualism.
Since the mid-1990s, Halley has produced site-specific installations for exhibitions and as permanent public works. These projects have been realized at the State University of New York, Buffalo (1998), the city library in Usera, Spain (2002), the Banco Suisso d’Italia Art Collection, Turin (2003), the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas (2005), and the Gallatin School at New York University (2008).
Halley has also written on art and culture throughout his career. His early essays, which address post-structuralism, post-modernism, and the digital revolution of the 1980s, have been anthologized in two books of collected writings. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association in the U.S. for his critical writing.
From 1996 to 2006, Peter Halley published Index magazine, which featured in-depth interviews with creative people.
He has taught at Columbia University, UCLA, and the School of Visual Arts. Since 2002, Halley has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art.
Halley’s works are held in the permanent collections of:
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Kunst, Vienna
Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, Germany
Eli Broad Foundation, Santa Monica, California
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pitsburg, Pennsylvania
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo