About András Halász:
András Halász was born in 1946 and to date, he is the only Hungarian contemporary artist who was awarded a fellowship at MOMA, NYC. Halász graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1976, he first left Hungary for Paris and then for New York as he was expanding his inspiration throughout continents, cultures, and philosophies. He was awarded a fellowship and studio space in 1982, at MOMA’s Project Studio 1. His works were on shows in numerous New York art spaces, amongst them in the famous East Village galleries that introduced the most progressive movements of the 1980s.
Around the year 2000, he started to paint still lifes and interiors with objects of his daily life that were not particularly interesting or beautiful: table, chair, ladder, wardrobe, washing machine, bubble wrap. Halász eliminates the artistic look yet his method of painting is strictly conventional. His palette is reduced to white, grey, and brown, which colours underline a sort of austere, puritanical mindset and rather evoke a metaphysical atmosphere.
In 2005, he moved back to his native country and was given a position as a Professor of Art at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, the same university in which he studied.
Selected Exhibitions
2019 | The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future | 20 years of S.M.A.K., S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
2016 | Frissen / Freshly, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
2000 | Solo exhibition, Greely Square Gallery, New York, USA
1998 | Solo exhibition, Barboza Studio, New York, USA
1984 | National and International Studio Program 1983–1984 Exhibition, 1984 | MoMA PS1, MOMA, New York, USA
Artworks in Collections
MOMA P.S. 1 ( USA) S.M.A.K. (Belgium) M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Belgium) Hungarian National Gallery (Hungary) Kunsthalle (Hungary) Jannus Pannonius Museum (Hungary) Artpool Art Research Center (Hungary) Kiscell Museum (Hungary) Museum of Fine Arts (Hungary)