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Artist: Bridget Riley (1931 - )
Nationality: British
Movement: Op Art
Media: Painting

After studying at Goldsmith’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Bridget Riley had her first solo exhibition at London’s Gallery One in 1962. She adopted her Op Art style in the 1960’s under the influence of the Futurists, primarily Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni. Her first paintings were executed in black and white and use geometric patterns to create the illusion of movement. She later incorporated color in order to add depth and tone to her images. Riley’s international reputation was established in 1968 when she won the highest honor at the Venice Biennale.

Artworks in Museum Collections: (19)
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Polarity, Bridget Louise Riley (England, London, 1931-04-24 - 1984)  (Artist), 1964, Emulsion on canvas
Bridget Riley - Deny IV 1966 acrylic on canvas Minneapolis Institute of Arts British
J. Paul Getty Museum -
Madonna & Child
Thomas Riley Speke Hall, Lancashire Etching 19th - 20th century
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Untitled, Chris/Riley/Photo Archive Project , 1975-1978, printed 1994, Gelatin-silver print
Thomas Riley The Town Hall, Manchester, England etching 19th - 20th century
Unidentified artist St. Bridget, first plate, opposite page 86 in the book, the An Inquiry into the Origin and Early History of Engraving upon Copper and Wood by William Young Ottley (London: John and Arthur Arch, 1816), vol. 1 Woodcut 1816
J. Paul Getty Museum -
The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
The Adoration of the Christ Child Follower of Jan Joest of Kalkar (Netherlandish, active about
Museum of Fine Arts -
Samuel Casey, about 1724–after 1779 Tankard United States, Rhode Island, (Exeter), about 1760 Silver 20.9
Museum of Fine Arts -
John Tanner, 1713-1785 Creampot United States, Rhode Island, (Newport), about 1740 Silver Buhler, 1972, No.
Museum of Fine Arts -
Emil Otto Grundmann, German (active in the United States), 1844-1890 Study of a Hindu Oil

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (35)
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney: Bridget Riley: 1960 to Present
"No painter, dead or alive, has ever made us more aware of our eyes than Bridget Riley." - Robert Melville, The New Statesman, 1970. Included in this exhibition is a selection of the artist‚s dynamic black and white "dazzle" paintings, whi...

Mobius: Deeper, Deeper (Out, Out, Jezebel Spirit) (anOther ongoing performance) by Shannon Rose Riley
This work is a contra-diction. (To speak against.) Deeper Deeper the work moves in goes into penetrates Out Out the work casts out ejects the abject separates removes. The work is a contradiction. It speaks against itself. What i...

National Gallery of Australia: Michael Riley: Sights Unseen
This landmark exhibition is the first major survey of Michael Riley’s work and has been organised by the National Gallery of Australia, on view from 14 July to 16 October, before touring Regional Galleries of Australia as part of the Gallery’s tra...

Dia Center for the Arts: Bridget Riley: Reconnaissance
Bridget Riley: Reconnaissance, installed on the fourth floor of Dia's exhibition facility at 548 West 22nd Street, will focus on key paintings from the 1960s and 1970s by this British artist. Riley's paintings fuse space, light, and drawing in a...

Tate Britain: Bridget Riley: A Major Retrospective
Her participation in the seminal exhibition The Responsive Eye at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1965 established her as an artist of the first rank. This position was confirmed at the Venice Biennale in 1968 when she became the fir...

IAO Gallery: Outart Festival Of Oklahoma
The 4 selected were artists that showed a level of presentation that was superb, Richard Ray Whitman said. Clayton Keyes, David Cockerell, Joe Dale Tate Nevaquaya and Mark Maxey were selected for this prestigious award. Over ...

Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Graves Art Gallery: Jeremy Moon: A Retrospective Exhibition
He made large, bright, abstract canvasses of great simplicity and ingenuity using flat blocks of intense, pure color in regular, geometric shapes and patterns. His work, however, had ready wit and playfulness that gives it a startling contemporary...

Representing some of the most prominent indigenous art producing communities, the exhibition also includes works by some of Australia's leading Aboriginal artists, such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Long Tom Tjapanangka and Ginger Riley....

Monash Gallery: RE-TAKE : Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Photography

Christie's: PRINTS CHARMING: 20th Century Prints
Two etchings printed with tone by Lucien Freud will be on offer in the British section of the sale, Man Resting (1988) may fetch up to £4,000 while Two men in the Studio (1989) carries an estimate of £1,000-1,200. An ...

ZONE: Contemporary Art: Jack Sal: Re/Vision
ZONE is presenting a cross section of Sal‚s work, including a chapel-like space of large-scale paintings, using gesso and silk surgical tape, created specifically for this installation. Minimalist yet profoundly humanistic, his work has a handmade...

Thomas Dane: Translations - Creative Copying and Originality
The idea that artists create autonomously is a great myth. The exhibition shows how artists have always been attracted by the works of their predecessors and contemporaries and how they have explored the creative potential of copying for their own...

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative: Black to Basics and 1+1=1
Have issues changed for Aboriginal people in the last ten yearsNULL Inserting Boomalli's posters of past exhibitions in between the works of art creates an historical backdrop that will give the exhibition a framework that anchors the works of...

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative: NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW IDEAS
An opening for the exhibition will be held Wednesday 5th July, 2000 at 6.00 p.m. Mr. Herb Simms/Elder, La Perouse Aboriginal Community, Sydney will open the show at Boomalli, 191 Parramatta Road, Annandale. N.S.W. 2038 Boomalli Abor...

Cambridge Galleries: Angela Leach: Shimmy
Leach's meticulously crafted and visually magnetic paintings have been credited with single-handedly revitalizing Op Art, and comparisons have been made to the British painter Bridget Riley. Yet, Leach's work has developed less from the influence ...

Frye Art Museum: Tony Foster: World Views
Foster focuses his energy on painting fragile wilderness regions with an eye to conservation: My work is about wilderness, a celebration of the fact that even on our overcrowded and increasingly polluted planet there exist places o...

Epistrofi Gallery: Katrina Lodge: Selected Works
Lodge's work of spectral abstraction stems from early modern abstraction with major influences from Russian Constructivism and Suprematism, Op art pioneer Victor Vasarelly and the work of Bridget Riley. Parallel influences from Eastern textil...

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art
The exhibition features twenty-nine works created between 1970 and 2001 that capture the viewer's attention in a variety of ways. From perceptual work like that of Charles Ray or James Turrell that allows us to see ourselves seeing, to ...

Columbia Museum of Art: Edward Hopper and Urban Realism
Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s preeminent collection, this exhibition presents the work of Hopper alongside paintings by his peers – those artists who documented and explored the many faces of life in the changing urban e...

Ohio Art League: The Forbidden Fruit: Alison Chism, Robert Falcone, Ellen Grevey
Chism and Grevey’s glass pieces began as an exercise in symbolism and form – using shape and curve to illustrate the connection between edible fruits and the human body. These artists see fruit as directly symbolic of womanhood, drawing parallels ...

Hayward Gallery: Paul Klee: The Nature of Creation
Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) is one of the great masters of modern art. Widely known for the magical quality and spontaneity of his intimate paintings and drawings, he is ...

Narborough Hall: John Piper to Exhibit
Born in 1903 in Epsom and educated at the Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art, John Piper was one of the most versatile artists of the century. His career spanned over seven decades until his death in 1992. Especially famous...

Dallas Museum of Art: Through the Needle’s Eye: American Quilts
Through the Needle’s Eye is part of Quilt Mania, a citywide collaboration among 11 Dallas-area cultural institutions exhibiting a wide variety of quilts and hosting quilt-related events. To learn more about Quilt Mania, visit the Web site at quilt...

Aron Packer Gallery: Politics as Usual: A Group Exhibition of Politically Charged Artwork
Though social awareness and art are never at great length from one another, politically charged artwork is returning to the forefront of the art scene in abundance. A new surge of this genre of work emerges in an equally politicized landscape....

South Shore Art Center: Photography Now: Juried by Henry Horenstein
Artists include in Photography Now are by:
Markam Keith Adams
Christopher and Amy Allen-Baker
Jeff Amberg
Tony Andrade
Johnny Arguedas
Mindy Baughman
Meg Birnbaum
Garrett Bonetti
Myron Brenton
Lora Brody
Eiteljorg Museum of American and Western Art: Seeing What the Heart Knows: The Art of Howard Terpning
At the same time, the Eiteljorg Museum will open the exhibition Seeing What the Heart Knows: The Art of Howard Terpning, which runs for only one month, April 21 through May 20. The exhibition is sponsored by Eiteljorg Museum Western Art Society...

Akademie der Kuenste: SPACE. Sites for Art
“SPACE. Sites for Art” is a first attempt to reveal and discuss this situation in the current horizon of the arts and in their interdisciplinary philosophical and motific dimensions. In both of the Academy’s buildings, the exhibition investi...

Municipal Art Society of New York: The Long View
The title The Long View refers to Mr. Johnson’s unique perspective among observers of contemporary architecture. Since organizing MoMA’s first architecture exhibition in 1932––Modern Architecture–International Exhibition––and...

Queens Museum of Art: Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection
This landmark exhibition will present a wondrous display of 120 contemporary masterpieces, including: a powerful thirty-eight foot mural by Sam Francis; a soaring mobile by Alexander Calder; and a landmark video installation by Nam Jun...

Saint Louis Art Museum: WONDERLAND
The ten artists participating in the exhibition – Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Stephen Hendee, Bill Klaila, Joep van Lieshout, Ernesto Neto, Pipilotti Rist, Gregor Schneider, ...

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard: Extreme Connoisseurship - How Traditional Study of Objects Can Be Adapted to Illuminate Current Works
The Fogg’s decision four years ago to create a Department of Modern and Contemporary Art was, in a way, the genesis of this exhibition, said James Cuno, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot director of the Harvard University Art Museums. Extreme Connois...

Istanbul Biennial: 8th Istanbul Biennial: Curated by Dan Cameron of New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York
The artistic framework of the 8th International Istanbul Biennial is formed around the concept of Poetic Justice. In proposing this phrase as the basis for a sustained investigation into the latest developments in contemporary art, the exhibiti...

Museum of Modern Art: The Un-Private House
The Un-Private House is the first of five projects in The Lily Auchincloss Series of Architecture Exhibitions, named in honor of the Museums longtime trustee and patron of its Department of Architecture and Design, who died last year. The...

De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art: Angela Bulloch: Public Structures and Social Systems
In connection with the exhibition, a monograph containing texts by Helmut Draxler, Dominic Eichler, Branden W. Joseph and Juliane Rebentisch will be published in the spring of 2006. Angela Bulloch (Rainy River, Canada 1966) lives and works i...

Bell-Roberts Art Gallery: Sue Pam -Grant: Simplicity Miss Petite Size 8mp
Andrea Vinassa continues, "This became the springboard for a new creative direction for the artist, who has distinguished herself as an actress, playwright, scriptwriter and director in theatre and television. "South Africans know and love h...

Further Artwork and Information:

Bridget Riley Online
Bridget Riley artist portrait, brief biography and art
Tate Britain | Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley
Riley, Bridget
bridget riley: biography
BBC - BBC Four - Audio Interviews - Bridget Riley
Riley Bridget posters
Bridget Riley
Art of Bridget Riley: an overview


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