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Contemporary Abstract Art: Peter Halley in Barcelona

Abstract art by Peter Halley in Barcelona

Last weekend I saw for the first time a Peter Halley exhibition in Barcelona. You can see it at Galería Senda one of the most important modern art galleries of the city. Once there, should you need any help, ask for Chus Roig. She attended us incredibly well, this is why I mention her name in this post. (see also this article to see more contemporary art in Barcelona)

Consired one of the most important contemporary abstract artists of today, Peter Halley´s 8 small prisons and other works exhibiton is worth watching. Although most of the abstract paintings exhibited are small (81x81cms), their colorist power makes them much bigger.

To me it´s simply pure pleasure watching Halley´s abstract work. With the continuous repetition of his geometric and colorful cells, this contemporary abstract artist has created a characteristic and distinc language. His cells speak on its own. Don´t you agree?. What do they tell you?. By the way his persistent repetition of the “same” concept makes think about Giorgio Morandi´s still live´s obsession….

Take a look at the below Halley´s interview where he explains many things about his abstract paintings and shows the creative process as well as his NY studio.


The curios thing is that at the end it is only lines with different thickness and color. But the aesthetics and meaning he provides, transform these lines into something else. They are alive. They give us many clues about what our occidental society looks like. Impressive and not that easy to do!!!

Watching the above video, and reading a bit about Josef Albers and Piet Mondrian´s artworks, helped me to better understand Halley´s creations. Do the exercise yourself and you will see.

What other abstract geometry artists do you like?. What are your thoughts and feelings about Peter Haleys abstract art creations?. Please share your ideas by adding a comment below.

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ps1: Markus Linnenbrink´s work in a german prison. I talked about him in a previous abstract art post. He fantastically intervines in “cells” but in another different way. Interesting.

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3 Responses to "Contemporary Abstract Art: Peter Halley in Barcelona"

  • Linda DiGusta
    April 5, 2012 - 2:18 pm Reply

    Fantastic, great post and I agree that everyone who can should see the show. We were lucky enough to be invited to a press preview at Halley’s NYC studio last year, even informally lit and presented his works were vibrant, compelling, and just a joy to view.

    • yasoypintor
      April 5, 2012 - 3:01 pm Reply

      Hi Linda, thank you again :), for commenting and explaining your personal experiences around Halley. I would love to visit his studio. Yes!!!

      Hope to see you around soon and feel free to share this article with people it may interest to.


      Antonio Basso

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    September 14, 2012 - 12:01 pm Reply

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