Bridget Riley in her exhibition Recent Paintings from 2014 - 2017, dated 2018.

Bridget Riley

Recent Paintings 2014 – 2017

David Zwirner is pleased to present recent work from the last four years by British artist Bridget Riley, her third solo exhibition with the gallery. Spanning three floors of the 24 Grafton Street location in London, the exhibition includes wall paintings and works on canvas as well as a group of related studies that focus on two themes: works in black-and-white and the disc. The works on view both extend and rework the artist’s previous investigations of these motifs in new ways.

Riley’s formally taut, abstract compositions yield a singular sense of visual pleasure for the viewer, a notion derived as much from the artist’s formative encounters with Old Master and Impressionist painting as from her early experiences with nature. Since 1961, she has focused exclusively on seemingly simple geometric forms, such as lines, circles, curves, and squares, arrayed across a surface—whether a canvas, a wall, or paper—according to an internal logic. The resulting compositions actively engage the viewer, at times triggering sensations of vibration and movement. This sense of dynamism was explored to great effect in the artist’s earliest black-and-white paintings, which established the basis of her enduring formal vocabulary. In 1967, Riley introduced colour into her work, thus expanding the perceptual and optical possibilities of her compositions. Though she has completed site-specific murals, beginning in 1983 with her work for the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, more recently, the development of Riley’s body of wall paintings, initiated in 2007 with Arcadia 1, underscores perception itself as her enduring subject. Painting directly on the wall, Riley collapses the distinction between figure, ground, and support, thus activating the picture plane in a different way from her works on canvas.

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Above: Bridget Riley in her London studio, 2017

Dates
January 19March 10, 2018
Artist
Installation view of the exhibition Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.
Installation view of the exhibition Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.
Installation view of the exhibition Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.
Installation view of the exhibition Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.
Installation view of the exhibition Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Cascado, dated 2015.

Bridget Riley

Cascando, 2015
Acrylic on polyester
55 1/4 x 180 7/8 inches (140.5 x 459.2 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Measure for Measure 14, dated 2017.

Bridget Riley

Measure for Measure 14, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches (140.5 x 140.5 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Quiver 3, dated 2014.

Bridget Riley

Quiver 3, 2014
Graphite and acrylic paint on plaster wall
95 1/4 x 293 inches (241.8 x 744 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Cosmos 2, dated 2017.

Bridget Riley

Cosmos 2, 2017
Graphite and acrylic on plaster wall
65 x 220 7/8 inches (165 x 561 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Measure for Measure 7, dated 2016.

Bridget Riley

Measure for Measure 7, 2016
Graphite and acrylic on plaster wall
93 3/4 x 93 3/4 inches (238 x 238 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Measure for Measure 2, dated 2016.

Bridget Riley

Measure for Measure 2, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches (140.5 x 140.5 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Measure for Measure 3, dated 2016.

Bridget Riley

Measure for Measure 3, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches (140.5 x 140.5 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Untitled 2 (Measure for Measure), dated 2018.

Bridget Riley

Untitled 2 (Measure for Measure), 2018
Graphite and acrylic on plaster wall
67 x 150 3/8 inches (170 x 382 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Measure for Measure 13, 2017.

Bridget Riley

Measure for Measure 13, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
61 3/8 x 61 3/8 inches (156 x 156 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Black to White Discs, dated in 1962 and 1965.

Bridget Riley

Black to White Discs, 1962/1965
Emulsion on canvas
70 x 70 inches (178 x 178 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Rustle 6, dated 2015.

Bridget Riley

Rustle 6, 2015
Acrylic on polyester
73 5/8 x 74 7/8 inches (187 x 190.2 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Study for Measure to Measure, dated 2016.

Bridget Riley

Study for Measure for Measure 2, 2nd May, 2016
Acrylic on polyester
24 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches (63 x 63 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Study for Measure for Measure 3, dated 2016.

Bridget Riley

Study for Measure for Measure 3, 2nd June, 2016
Acrylic on polyester
24 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches (63 x 63 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Study for Measure for Measure 12, 2017.

Bridget Riley

Study for Measure for Measure 13, 16th April, 2017
Acrylic on polyester
25 1/8 x 25 1/8 inches (63.7 x 63.7 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Study for Measure for Measure 14, 2017.

Bridget Riley

Study for Measure for Measure 14, 19th April, 2017
Acrylic on polyester
24 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches (63 x 63 cm)
A painting by Bridget Riley, titled Study for Black to White Discs, dated 1961.

Bridget Riley

Study for Black to White Discs, 1961
Emulsion on board
35 x 35 inches (89 x 89 cm)

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