Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to present ‘Three Paintings’ by New York artist Peter Halley, his first solo exhibition with Almine Rech and his first exhibition in mainland China. The presentation will showcase a new series of three paintings with interrelated compositions and a shared palette based on variations on the color pink.
Peter Halley is recognized as a central figure in the Neo-Conceptualism movement of the 1980s. For over thirty years, Halley’s geometric paintings have engaged in a play of relationships between only three elements — "prisons" and “cells” that are connected by “conduits” — a limited iconography that has nevertheless allowed him to continuously explore the increasing geometrization of social space. Inspired by both New York City’s gridded urban plan and the rise of digital networks, Halley reimagines abstract geometric forms as barred prisons that connect to each other solely through predetermined linear pathways, reflecting both the physical isolation and digital connectivity of contemporary life.
Alongside his career as an acclaimed artist, Peter Halley is also a writer and a teacher. He served as Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art from 2002 to 2011.
- Lu Mingjun, curator, Young researcher at School of Philosophy, Fudan University