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Peter Halley (Outside Security)

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Untitled, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: (17 feet x 42 feet) This large-scale, acrylic on canvas painting located on the end wall of the southeast Ticket Hall consists of eight separate sections arranged to appear as one contiguous piece. Each of the eight cells represents an abstract urban landscape depicted with intense hues and contrasting textures creating a three-dimensional effect.

“I hope that my work can play a role similar to the grand transportation murals of airplanes, trains and cars that enhanced air and train terminals around the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. Those murals used social realist vocabulary to depict specific events. My project would use abstract form to convey the dynamism of the Dallas/Fort Worth complex and all that it stands for.

“Although my work uses abstract vocabulary, I nevertheless view my paintings as a celebration of contemporary technology. My work is specifically inspired by the speed of modern life and the complexity of the social relations that the World Wide Web, television and international air travel have created.

“The DFW program calls for large works that will 'read' well from far away. I believe that the language I use in my work – clear color with large simple shapes – projects effectively in a large-scale environment. I hope to be able to create works that will, over the years, do justice to the admirable civil spirit symbolized by this world-class facility.”

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1953 in New York, New York. Received a BA from Yale University 1976 and a BFA from the University of New Orleans 1978. In 1984, Halley became involved with the East Village gallery International with Monument. In 1986, an exhibition of the Neo-Geo artists at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, heralded the group’s growing success. By 1989, the artist’s career was well established, and he was exhibiting with prominent galleries in the United States and Europe. Around this time, Halley began to grow more experimental in his use of color. Works by Halley are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts. Halley currently resides in New York, New York.

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