Peter Halley - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Cardi, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Galleria Cardi, Peter Halley, 18 February – 30 March, 2003

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Peter Halley, Milan, 2003, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    For over a decade Peter Halley has painted abstractions that suggest the angular and rigid geometries of structures as diverse as prison cells and computer chips. Beautiful and startling, his large, typically fluorescent images suggest that culture and commerce and everything ‘man made’ have been irrevocably divorced from the organic, and that, as critic Dan Cameron has written in reference to Halley’s work, ‘geometry is not an abstract language at all so much as a blueprint for the entire manmade world that surrounds us’. Where minimalist artists of previous generations often pursued profound and ethereal truths by making large monochromatic abstractions, the synthetic colours and closed geometric systems of Halley’s works convey a dual effect of urban alienation and high energy.  Taken from


Whatever it takes

Acrylic, day-glo, pearlescent and metallic paint and roll-a-tex on canvas.
241.3 x 406.4 cm. (95 x 160 in).
Signed and dated ‘Peter Halley 2003’ on the reverse.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £66,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm