The pioneer of Optical art, Bridget Riley has been fascinating art lovers since the 1960s. Now the abstract artist will be beguiling audiences around the country with a touring exhibition which is set to begin on 25th September.
Combining both her iconic works with four never-before-seen paintings, it even includes three “colour study” pieces from 1967 that will be leaving her studio for the first time. The exhibition will show Riley’s developing style from first creations such as Movement in Squares, which Riley describes as “her breakthrough work,” to more recent pieces which include Painting With Verticals I. It’s clear that although Riley’s unswerving style remains true and consistent throughout the forty year span, her palette and complex structures are constantly evolving, pushing and playing with verticals, curves and diagonals without losing a sense of direction and intention.
Her success is from being anchored in Cezanne and Seurat, while at the same time creating some of the most poetically insidious metaphors for the uncertainties and spiritual unease of the 1960s.
The exhibition is organised by the Hayward Gallery in London and the Arts Council England and will tour museums throughout England.
Exhibition opens at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (25 September – 13 December 2009) and tours to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (6 February – 23 May 2010), Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (5 June – 5 September) and Southampton City Art Gallery (17 September – 5 December).