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Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings

  • David Zwirner Gallery
  • David Zwirner Gallery
June 7, 2014
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

One of the most significant working artists of the 20th/21st century is having a solo exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in London this June. Bridget Riley will be presenting a vast oeuvre of her Stripe Paintings, spanning over the period between 1961 and 2014. The show will display studies and works from every period of the artist’s career, installed throughout the three levels of the gallery space. David Zwirner exhibition of Bridget Riley will point out the artist’s influence on contemporary art and it is announced as her first major retrospective since the exhibition at Tate Britain held in 2003.

Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014 opens for public on June 13 and it will run through July 25, 2014.

David Zwirner Gallery
Bridget Riley – Horizontal Vibration, 1961

Many stripes of Riley 1961-2014

Bridget Riley has been devoted to investigation of perception throughout her long artistic practice. Ever since the early 60s, she employed the basic elements of art, such as line, circle, curve or square to conjure up particular visual experiences designed to involve the observer, through creation of optical illusions or impressions, at times emulating vibration or movement. Her signature motif and composing element have been stripes, while the coming exhibition will focus on these components in particular. The display will present the span of visual diversity through Riley’s lines, in color ranges, thickness, rhythm and density. One of the artist’s masterpieces from 1961, the black and white stripe work, will open the exhibition, as other work will follow her striped development chronologically and stylistically. The show will end with Bridget Riley’s latest pieces, made of horizontal stripes, of which some have never been shown in public before. Although key artwork of the exhibition are canvas paintings, works on paper will be shown parallely.

 The Stripe Paintings will be the selection of the most representative of Bridget Riley’s works. Stripes of Riley will change palette, flow size and patterns, as conceptual influences and inspirations can be read throughout her body of work, evoking practices of Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, or Henri Matisse. Abstract and build on different grounds, work of Bridget Riley does possess something impressionist in the rendering of the color and the final effect of the piece.

David Zwirner gallery will release an appropriate catalogue for the exhibition, featuring new scholarship by art historian Richard Shiff, interesting essays, rare interviews, and archival images of Riley and her work since the 60s.

David Zwirner Gallery
Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley was born in London in 1931. She attended Goldsmiths College after the World War II and the Royal College of Art afterwards, graduating in 1955. She was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and in 1999, she got the title of the Companion of Honour. International Prize for Paintings she won in 1968 at the Venice Biennale, while in 2005 Riley won the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo. Among the highly prestigious awards she won are also the Kaiser Ring of the City of Goslar, Germany in 2003 and the Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen, Germany in 2012. Among the numerous exhibitions she had over the decades, her latest large retrospective was held at Tate Britain in 2003. Bridget Riley lives and works in London.

David Zwirner Gallery
Bridget Riley – Elysium 1973-2003

The Stripe Paintings exhibition will have several satellite events, from public talk with the artist at the gallery, another art talk at Tate Modern, to book launch and signing at David Zwirner.

David Zwirner Gallery
Bridget Riley