Comments on: Peter Halley http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-151009 Thu, 02 May 2013 12:37:16 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-151009 Lol…I try and avoid it myself but sometimes one needs a burger even though one knows it’s going to be a sordid affair. How about a virtual burger bar? Halley could sell these to South Park and exhibit them virtually in an episode, cheap motel or burger bar or even South Park Jail, if there is such a thing. That would be enough visual punishment for anybody.

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By: nick moore http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-150339 Wed, 01 May 2013 18:50:31 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-150339 Peter, I wouldnt go into a burger king anyway because i know what I am going to get on my plate and on the wall!!! rather spend the time painting.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-149012 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:58:55 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-149012 I’m not convinced by any of it, neither the paintings nor the discourse around them. It’s pure self-delusion apart from the fact that Halley is a recognized artist with a documented history so therefore he’s taken seriously. It’s a case of people believing his kidology, believing in a mediated history of art that means nothing to me. The pictures don’t contribute to any dialogue about picturing, nor do they offer anything about other issues, such as politics. These picture should be exhibited in Burger King, where they belong.

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By: Sam Cornish http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-148709 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:55:06 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-148709 Ah, the misspelling alert – the first refuge of the truly engaged! (though perhaps only a sic mind would reach for the tool at seemingly every opportunity).

Despite the slightly OTT language (which I personally enjoy) John’s description of the discourse around Halley’s work and the consequences of this discourse are convincing. To recognise a situation or a belief is not to say you approve or are a believer! The references to Thatcher and the 80s in general are probably jammed in a little awkwardly but to me John lays out and then pretty effectively skewers a mindset which is all too prevalent around abstract art.

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By: Alan Fowler http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-148499 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:49:57 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-148499 I’m a fan of geometric abstraction but Halley’s paintings leave me cold – or, rather, irritated by their absence of subtlety, lack of structural rationality. and absence of any relationship between the forms and the colours. And I don’t like being visually shouted at – the effect of his garish colours – particularly when there isn’t a worthwhile message.
Has Halley ever studied Albers for a lesson in the effectiveness of restraint in form and colour (and I’m not thinking only of his homage to the square series); or Lohse to see how colour and form can interact and be mutually reinforcing. – as in his Funfzehn Systematische Fahrbreihen mit Vertikaler und Horizontaler Verdichtuing.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-148359 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:08:35 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-148359 The idea that abstract art has something to say about politics is an absolute joke, I’m sure no painting when asked, could put forward a view on Margaret Thatcher. It reminds me of market research questions like ‘Do you think this beer is confident?’ It’s actually quite amusing to think of it, but the idea of an artist adopting a strategy toward it, is ridiculous. OK, having a laugh in the face of the futility of the endeavour, may be classed as art, but reality has so much overtaken the art that it has no power. Aint it awful? Yes it is, I already know, I don’t need awful paintings to remind me, who does?

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-148327 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:18:07 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-148327 I think the tenants of ‘High Modernism’ should ask for a rent rebate.

If I was half–ways clear as to what John B. was arguing for here, I’m pretty sure I’d disagree with it. It’s all over for this sort of rubbish, isn’t it. Who believes in it apart from people with more money than sense?

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-148309 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:40:11 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-148309 I find these paintings indescribably dull, I have no idea what the intended buzz is, from looking at such work. Not in terms of geometry, form and space, colour, surface or any other aspect of the 2D data. They remind me of the interiors of Burger King, which are made to be so hideous that one eats up and gets out of the place as quickly as possible. They have skillfully employed the art of the hideous more than any abstract painter can ever do, more than any art theory can make a case for.

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By: Zino Pece http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-147088 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:50:54 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-147088 Halley has not significantly moved on. These frequent shows at Waddington’s always disappoint me, yet at the same time there is usually something to admire. On this occasion, I did like the first one on the right as you walk in, a mainly pink one. The others though, in various degrees, are so garish and out of control, almost to the point of not being able to look at them. The colours interfere with other colours to the detriment of the picture. You get that fuzzy effect, which can work for Op. Art, but not with these. The poor lightfastness of day glow paint woud worry me if I was a collector his work.

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By: Sam http://abstractcritical.com/article/peter-halley/#comment-146664 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:26:18 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=6860#comment-146664 Completely agree on Denny over Halley. Interestingly Denny seems to have lots of the ideas about the city, and about abstraction being a model for modern experience that Halley is seen as bringing to abstraction a few decades later. But I’d say that Denny superiority as a colourist is the more important.

If you’re in London Laurent Delaye have one on display at the moment (and it’s only just round the corner from Waddingtons)

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