From the Hayward Gallery, 70 years of Bridget Riley

From the Hayward Gallery, 70 years of Bridget Riley
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The roaring years of Op Art return to the fore at the Hayward Gallery with the largest exhibition ever dedicated to Bridget Riley. Works from every phase of the artist’s career show just how varied her artistic journey really was - besides her iconic black and white paintings during the ‘60s, we also see large brightly-coloured canvases, the figurative works of her early years and her more recent murals. The work Continuum (1963-2005) is also on display, the only three-dimensional work ever created by Riley, while drawings, studies and other preparatory materials offer a look at the “backstage” of the artist’s work. “I wanted to offer something, in a fresh and new way, that had probably already been tried, but had been rejected and buried for a long time - that chill of pleasure that a view itself is capable of revealing,” the painter explained, regarding her optical innovations. But her work on perception quickly extended to the world of colours, where she explored reciprocal interactions. “At the centre of colour is a paradox - it is simultaneously one and more things,” says the artist, “You can no longer see just one colour, it is always influenced by other colours.” And thus were born, perhaps, her most surprising works, where form and line seem to move in virtue of the chromatic relationships of the various elements.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London