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Peter Sedgley

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drawing

90 x 57cm

1982









Peter SEDGLEY 1930 Born in London, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Peter Sedgley is an important British abstract artist, particularly known for his works exploring color, light, movement and form. He began to paint in 1963, and in 1967 he began to incorporate lights in his work, for example in his ”video-rotors”–painted rotating discs on which a variety of electronically programmed light patterns were played. In 1968 he set up with Bridget Riley S.P.A.C.E. (Space Provision, Artistic, Cultural and Educational), a scheme for providing studio space for young artists. Sedgley‘s work has been identified with the constructivist and Op-Art movement, but he does not like to categorize his art and prefers to say he is more inspired by the color theories of Goethe and the creative process of Paul Klee. ”It is perhaps Klee‘s influence that gives my work a restlessness as I move from one media to another in a context of revelation,” he says. From about 1970 he has experimented with combining sound with color. He often works on a large scale, creating environments in which spectator movement triggers photoelectric cells, causing colors to change. Since the early 1970s Sedgley has lived mainly in Germany and he has an international reputation as one of the most inventive artists in his field.

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SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1965: McRoberts and Tunnard Gallery, London
1966: Howard Wise Gallery, New York
1968: Redfern Gallery, London
1970: Trinity College, Dublin
1972: Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
1978: Akademie der Künste, Berlin
1981: Galerie in Zentrum, Berlin
1983: Redfern Gallery
1987 Stadtmuseum Norrköping, Sweden
1990: Galerie Ann Westin, Stockholm
1994: Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
1997: The Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague
2004: Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
2009: Redfern Gallery, London
2014: Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin
2018: RCM Galerie, Paris


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1965: The Responsive Eye, MoMA, NYC
1966: Art Today, Albright–Knox Gallery, NY
1969: Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
1970: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1975: Helsinki Taidenhalli, Alvar Aalto Museo, Tampere, Britanniasta 74
1986: Art and Science, Venice Biannale
1993: The Sixities Art Scene in London, Barbican Arts Centre, London
1998: Charges Light, Royal Academy, Stockholm
2005: Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, Tate Liverpool touring exhibition
2008, Traces du Sacré, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2013: Dynamo: un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art, Grand Palais, Paris


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Tate, London,
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Albright-Knox Gallery, USA
Walker Art Centre, USA