“Bridget Riley”

Bridget Riley subject of first London-based retrospective in a decade

David Zwirner is to present “The Stripe Paintings 1961 – 2014”, an exhibition of works by Bridget Riley, to take place at the London gallery between 13 June and 25 July. The exhibition is the first London-based retrospective of Riley’s career, to take place since Tate Britain’s 2003 show. Since the 1960s, Bridget Riley has produced works which explore perception through a series of basic forms: the circle, line, and square. Working from these elements, the artist creates visual experiences which engage the viewer, creating the impression of vibration and movement through optical illusions. The show at David Zwirner places a particular focus on her use of line, a recurrent feature of Riley’s production throughout her career. Born in 1931, the artist currently lives and works in London. She studied art at Goldsmitsh College and the Royal College of Art, gaining international recognition in 1965, when she participated in “The Responsive Eye”, held at MoMA, New York. She is considered to be a leading component of the Op-art movement....

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Bridget Riley brings colour to a London hospital

London, 10 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Bridget Riley, a London-born artist, has created a colourful mural to run along the walls of the trauma unit at St Mary’s hospital in London. The work, a 56-metre-long fresco, is composed of the bold stripes of paint which characterise the artist’s work. It is not the first time that the artist has created this genre of mural, having previously painted similar murals on the corridors of the 8th and 9th floors of the building. Other celebrated murals include those at the Tate in London and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. On this occasion, the work has been commissioned by the Imperial College Health Care Charity, an organisation which aims to raise funds for medical research and London’s five biggest public hospitals. Situated on the 10th floor of the building and in the trauma unit, the work is intended to lift the spirits of its viewers and to serve as a reminder of transition. Bridget Riley, 82, has developed a body of work situated firmly in the realm of Op Art. Strongly influenced by Victor Vasarely, she is predominantly interested in optical...

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Movement in affair: agreement reached in plagiarism dispute

Berlin, 20 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). An agreement has been reached in a plagiarism row between artists Bridget Riley and Tobias Rehberger, over a black-and-white checkerboard piece produced by Rehberger for the Berlin State Library. The wall-sized installation was brought into question by Riley, who said the work plagiarised her 1961 Op art painting Movement in Squares, and demanded that the piece be removed from the library’s reading room, for which it was commissioned. Rehberger’s counter-argument, however, was that the checkerboard pattern is in the public domain. The work has been covered up since the dispute began in March 2013, but now, following anagreement reached on 15 December, it is to go back on display, carrying the caption “Uhrenobjekt nach Movement in Squares von Bridget Riley” (“watch object after Movement in Squares by Bridget Riley”). It has also been announced that Rehberger is to be the subject of a major retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, entitled “Tobias Rehberger: Home and Away and Outside”, to run from 21 February to 11 May...

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As one door closes, three more open for Max Hetzler

Berlin, 20 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Galerie Max Hetzler is to close its 17,000 ft2 space in a former lightbulb factory in Berlin on 21 December. An exhibition entitled “Remember Everything”, celebrating the gallery’s 40 years, is currently underway. The eponymous gallerist is not, however, bidding farewell to the business. In September, Hetzler opened two new spaces in the city, and in spring 2014 he is to inaugurate a new branch in Paris, the hometown of his wife and business partner, Samia Saouma. The exhibition features works by all the gallery’s artists, including Christopher Wool, Bridget Riley and Jeff...

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Bridget Riley in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 23 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). This autumn English artist Bridget Riley will be exhibited in one of the galleries in Berlage, Amsterdam, from 20 October to 6 June 2013. She will create a mural drawing of 20 meters long in order to highlight the Sikkens prize, with which she was rewarded for her command in applying colour for the last fifty years. Her works are emblematic for the Op Art movement of the 1960s, which are to create optical illusions through the mix of colours and geometrical forms. Her paintings are of remarkable clarity and precision. She was always exploring proportion between colour and form, inspired by with Ancient Egyptian art, Seurat or Mondrian. The artist was internationally recognised in 1965 when she took part in the famous exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at the MoMA in New York. She was also on show at the Biennal of Venice and twice at the Documenta in...

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