PRINT November 1988


Peter Halley: Collected Essays 1981–87

Peter Halley: Collected Essays 1981–87, Zurich: Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, 1988, 205 pp., 19 black and white photographs.

THE ABILITY TO INFURIATE two factions that believe themselves to be mutually exclusive is always of value, indicating as it does the presence of limits of which we were hitherto unaware, of complementariness where we had dreamed of opposition. Apparently sickened by endless talk about how nonrepresentational paintings have to be involved with the idea of the transcendental, Peter Halley has made a career out of paintings that are not concerned with transcending anything. This has brought down upon him the wrath not only of the transcendentalists, ably represented by Steven Henry Madoff, but also of the antitranscendentalists of the religious left. The Church spokesperson on this matter has been Hal Foster, and it is not irrelevant (a favorite word of Foster’s) that he

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