Bridget Riley: Studies 1984–95
- Bridget Riley CH CBE (b.1931, London) was celebrated early in her career as a pioneer of Op art, and her early works (early 1960s) featured highly geometric black-and-white patterns. She worked with colour from the mid-1960s
- Tracks a transitional period in the artist's career, from using vertical stripes to the introduction of rhomboid shapes and diagonals. This resulted in more visually complex compositions of contrasting colours and forms
- Focuses on a seminal series of works on paper, the so-called 'rhomboid paintings', which are now held in collections including the Tate
- Reproduces an interview with the artist by Robert Kudielka, a longtime friend of the artist as well as a noted scholar of her work
During the mid-1980s, Riley introduced a new pictorial device, the rhomboid, to her then predominantly vertical stripes, developing her exploration of interplaying tones of green, yellow and orange. This allowed the artist to construct new visual relationships between divergent colours and forms, creating what she terms a ‘harmony of contrasts’ that animates the entire visual field.
Tracking a transitional period in Riley’s career, the works on paper in this volume – studies produced between 1984 and 1995 – shift from a focus on the vertical stripe to increasingly complex diagonal compositions. Illustrated in full colour, the works are accompanied by a historic interview with the artist by Robert Kudielka and a text by Riley’s archivists Natalia Naish and Alexandra Tommasini, situating these studies in relation to major paintings produced during this period.
- 21st Jul 2022
- Paperback / softback
- World excluding USA & Canada
- 231 mm x 193 mm
- 72 Pages
- 34 color