Recent Essays 1990-1996
by Peter Halley
EP 3: In PETER HALLEY's new book, RECENT ESSAYS 1990-1996, the artist continues his discourse on abstract painting in the context of abstraction's relation to the Social and its recent and specific relation to the burgeoning super-reality of our new computer-culture. But instead of restricting his horizon to speculations on virtual reality and the computer age, Halley's vision widens philosophically and personally to consider such topics as the values of stasis and change in our culture, the varying roles of architectural space, and his relationship with his contemporaries. In the end, Halley gives us a concise and distinct picture of art and culture as we approach the new millennium.
PETER HALLEY was born in New York City in 1953. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans. His paintings were the subject of an extensive travelling museum retrospective in Europe in 1991. He has lectured extensively, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy in Rome, and his Collected Essays 1981-1987 were first published in 1988. Halley was the publisher of indexmagazine in the 1990s and he is the Dean of the Department of Painting at Yale University. RECENT ESSAYS 1990-1996 comprises his first collection of writings in the 1990's.
First edition paperback, September 1997, 64 pp., sewn, bound and printed in Italy, with a two-color cover and a black and white photograph of the artist on the frontispiece.