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Peter Halley

The Acid Test


Peter Halley, The Acid Test, 1991–92  92.28a-d
Peter Halley, The Acid Test, 1991–92. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 90 1/8 × 182 5/16 in. (228.9 × 463.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc. and the Painting and Sculpture Committee  92.28a-d
© 1991-1992 Peter Halley


In this video, Peter Halley discusses his painting The Acid Test. Halley references technology, the city grid, and prisons as influences on his iconography. He also discusses his use of Day-Glo paint to express the ecstatic, euphoric feeling that went into the work.