OPENING AT DIEHL: January 17th 2014, 7–9 pm
On View: January 18th – March 15th 2014
A solo exhibition of work by British artist Peter Sedgley (b. 1930).
The artist‘s diverse oeuvre will be explored through a selection of paintings, kinetic light objects and installations
created from the 1960s through to 2013. An illustrated catalogue on Sedgley‘s work will accompany
Educated in architecture and building, Peter Sedgley worked as an architectural assistant from 1950 until
1960 when as an autodidact he began to explore the dynamics of vision and chromatic perception in the
creative arts. Sedgley along with the artist Bridget Riley were pioneers of Geometric Abstraction emerging
during the 1960s, both being selected for inclusion in the prestigious “The Responsive Eye” exhibition
at MOMA, New York in 1965. Sedgley received his first major solo exhibition at the influential Howard
Wise Gallery in New York and the following year he was a prize winner at the 9th Tokyo International
During the years 1968 -1970, Sedgley, together with Riley were the founding members of two charities,
S.P.A.C.E for supporting the welfare of artists with studio space and A.I.R., an Artist Index for the promotion
of their work. SPACE became a prototype influencing the establishment of similar projects globally,
in particular Kunstlerhaus Bethanian in Berlin and PS1 Project in New York. Preparations for an Art Festival
were scheduled to take place in 1971 called “London Now in Berlin”. The artistic director for the
event, Dr. Michael Heardter GS of the Akademie der Kunst, invited the artists in SPACE Studios London
as a feature of the Visual Arts to be exhibited in the spacious halls of the Messedam in Berlin Westend.
This precipitated Sedgley’s first visit to Berlin as curator and co-organizer of the exhibition, also coinciding
with his invitation as guest of the DAAD artist Programme.
“Colours” quoth Goethe, „are acts of light” This quotation confirmed for Sedgley his intention to render
colour in composition as with musical performance. His stipendium in Berlin afforded the possibilities to
collaborate with other creative persons in the production of multi-media events and the opportunity arrived
when commissioned by West D Rundfunk to collaborate with a young German composer, York Höller,
in the realization of a multi-media performance during the celebrated Donaueschingen Music Festival.
The title of the concert was “Light-Sound / Sound-Light”, a tribute to the Russian composer and visionary,
With the arrival of the ‘Digital Age’ Sedgley began to explore the adeptness of computer programmers to
open a new phase in the faculty of visual perception and produced a number of images he called ‘Cybergraphs’
Museums as well as galleries took notice of his trail-blazing efforts, and Sedgley‘s work can be found in
public collections including the The Tate Gallery, London, The Albright-Knox museum USA, The Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis, the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, to name
a few. Sedgley exhibited widely and has realized numerous ‘Kunst am Bau commissions in Germany.
Roger Berthold in ‘the Times’ 1974 Citates: “With rather more justification, if less impact, than the late
President Kennedy, Peter Sedgley could claim “Ich bin ein Berliner”