Peter Halley Appointed the Leffingwell Professor
Peter Halley, newly designated as the William Leffingwell Professor of Painting, is known for his geometric paintings that have been featured in exhibitions and galleries around the world.
Known as a minimalist artist whose paintings are often created using intense day-glo colors, Halley describes his own works by noting that they engage “in a play of relationships between ‘prisons’ and ‘cells’ — icons that reflect that the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live.” His works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate and Guggenheim museums.
Since the mid-1990s, the artist has produced site-specific installations for exhibitions and as permanent public works. Among the sites for these are the State University of New York-Buffalo, the city library in Usera, Spain, the Banco Suisso d’Italia Art Collection and the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport in Texas. In 2008, he completed a large permanent installation for the Gallatin School at New York University. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Chicago, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul and Tokyo.
A 1975 graduate of Yale College, Halley has written on art and culture throughout his career. His early essays, which address post-structuralism, post-modernism and the digital revolution of the 1980s, have been anthologized in two books of collected writings. In 2001, he received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association in the United States for his critical writing. From 1996 to 2006, he published index magazine, which featured in-depth interviews with creative people. At Yale, he currently serves as director of graduate studies in painting and printmaking at the School of Art.