Peter Halley: Hyperreal

Peter Halley, The Time Machine, 96 x 115 inches acrylic paints, roll-a-tex/canva
Peter Halley, The Time Machine, 96 x 115 inches acrylic paints, roll-a-tex/canvas, 2002 (courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery)

Sharon Butler reviews Peter Halley: Big Paintings at the Florence Griswold Museum, on view through May 31, 2015.

Butler writes: "Halley’s strict visual language is clear enough and his political underpinnings are well documented. Yet his nine enormous paintings, with the shifts in the shapes, sizes, and configuration of their three primary geometric elements, also seem to embed a subtle narrative about his personal confrontation and accommodation of the political and social evolution his paintings more overtly reflect. So perhaps the most remarkable achievement of Halley’s work is its seamless fusion of political and personal content. His formalism pulses with life itself."