Artist(s): Bridget Riley
Author(s): Paul Moorhouse
Year published: 2003
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout.
Bridget Riley is one of Britain’s most respected artists, with an international reputation. Her distinguished and singular career encompasses forty years of uncompromising and remarkable innovation.
Riley first attracted critical attention with the dazzling black-and-white paintings she began to make in 1961 under the ‘Op Art’ banner.
Disseminated through the mass media and widely plagiarised by the fashion industry, these came to epitomize an era. Since then she as remained at the forefront of developments in contemporary painting, making highly distinctive works which seek to articulate an abstract language in which relations of colour and form generate visual sensations.
Riley occupies an unusual position as a senior artist whose work generates fresh interest with each new development. This comprehensive survey includes key examples of all phrases of Riley’s work to date. It offers the opportunity to re-view many early, celebrated paintings and to see these afresh in the context of works produced up to the present day. Paul Moorhouse, Richard Shiff and Robert Kudielka provide an overview of her art and career, and fresh analyses of the relation of Riley’s work to theories of aesthetic perception.
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