Chinati Weekend, October 6-8; on view through 2019
A new large-scale multicolored wall painting by Bridget Riley will be presented in early October at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa in Texas. Titled Wall Painting, Royal Liverpool Hospital 1983–2017, the mural has been conceived specifically for the museum’s special exhibition building and will span six of the eight walls of the structure, making it Riley’s largest work to date.
Wall Painting, Royal Liverpool Hospital 1983-2017 references the first wall painting the artist created in response to an invitation from the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the United Kingdom in 1979. Like the original commission, the design for which was completed in 1983, the new mural at the Chinati Foundation uses a palette of blue, red, yellow, green, black, and white inspired by a visit the artist made to Egypt in 1980. The wall paintings in Liverpool and Marfa share similarities in terms of scale and spatial orientation, while both Egypt and the high desert area where the Chinati Foundation is located feature strong natural light.
Related events as part of Chinati Weekend:
October 7, 3.30PM: Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the work of Bridget Riley on Riley's work at the Crowley Theater, Marfa.
October 8, 11AM: an introduction to the exhibition at Chinati Foundation by Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
October 8, 2PM: a screening of new film featuring Bridget Riley in conversation with author Michael Bracewell at the Crowley Theater, Marfa