Peter Halley (b. 1953)

Exploding Cell (1983)

Peter Halley (bornPeter Halley (born September 24, 1953, New York City) is an American artist who came to prominence as a central figure in the Neo-Conceptualist movement of the 1980s. Over a forty-year career, Peter Halley has continually reexamined the foundations of capital and technology—from his paintings and writings in the 1980s, to his algorithmic flowcharts and pioneering use of digital printing in the 1990s, to the rethinking of social space that continues in his paintings and installations. In an era increasingly dominated by digital technology, the internet, and social media, Halley’s influence—as artist, writer, magazine publisher and university professor—has been widely recognized.

In the 1980s, Halley wrote extensively about art and culture and its relationship to the burgeoning digital age; in the mid-90s, he founded INDEX magazine, publishing in-depth interviews with emerging and established figures working in film, music, fashion, design, and other fields; then, beginning in 2002, Halley served for nine years as director of the graduate painting program at the Yale School of Art.