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February 10, 2015
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Peter Halley at the Flo Gris

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Photo: Peter Halley, LAWS OF ROCK, 2008. ACRYLIC, FLUORESCENT ACRYLIC, AND ROLL-A-TEX ON CANVAS. 75 IN. X 112.5 IN. TATINTSIAN COLLECTION
My dad is a conceptual artist. So, you’d think I would know a thing or two about contemporary art. After all, I’ve been around quite a bit of it. On a ridiculously cold night, I was so excited to see Peter Halley’s eye-popping, mammoth Day-Glo canvases  in the galleries at the Florence Gris Museum that I didn’t even pretend that I knew what they were about. I just knew I liked them. And I love, too, that the Flo Gris continues to choose artists that are far out of the box of their expected genre of American Impressionism and Lyme Art Colony focus. There IS a Connecticut connection: Peter Halley lives in Guilford and NYC. And it is themes of connection, reconnection and isolation that inform his work. I’m glad for a bit of due diligence with the catalog, too, (bravo to Ben Colman the Flo Gris’ new assistant curator) to learn the meanings assigned to the elements of the paintings. But sometimes just looking at abstraction is enough. We don’t necessarily have to “get” everything. For those of us suffering a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder, an afternoon contemplating Halley’s bright canvases is just what the doctor ordered. Through May 31st. Florencegriswoldmuseum.org
tags: florence griswold museum, flo gris, peter halley, big paintings, old lyme
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