Bridget Riley: "An Artist outside of History"
24 Grafton Street, London
January 19—March 10, 2018

Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014 – 2017 is the critically acclaimed exhibition currently on view at 24 Grafton Street in London. Presenting recent work from the last four years by British artist Bridget Riley, the exhibition marks her third gallery solo show and 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.

Discussing Riley’s practice at the gallery on the occasion of the exhibition, Richard Shiff described "an artist outside of history," whose work “starts where our powers of description end." His sentiment is echoed in a review by Emily Gosling for Creative Boom, which finds that "these works require (and fully deserve) extended contemplation . . . Just as Riley’s art career has been imbued with a glorious spirit of constant enquiry, so the viewers are invited to enquire and interrogate the forms she paints solely by looking."

"We don’t have many artists in British history who rethink the very nature of perception as it was rethought by Cézanne, Picasso or Seurat," Jonathan Jones writes in The Guardian; "You could set the paintings in this exhibition beside a cubist masterpiece from 1910, a Cézanne view of Mont Sainte-Victoire or Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and the dialogue would be fascinating."

Portrait © Bridget Riley 2017; all rights reserved. Photo by Johnnie Shand Kydd
Installation view, Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014 – 2017, David Zwirner, London, 2018. Photo by Anna Arca