Bridget Riley | 12th Rubens Prize of Siegen




The 1931 London-born artist Bridget Riley is one of the outstanding painters of our time. On 1.07. 2012 she won the 12th Rubens Prize of Siegen for her life’s work . The prize is awarded every five years to a living European artist in recognition of his life’s work. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin, is honored on this occasion with an exhibition of Bridget Riley’ works.

Bridget Riley. Fall. 1963 . Emulsion on hardboard. support: 1410 x 1403 mm. ©Tate Collection

Riley designed specifically for the Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen exhibition (1 .07 to 11.11.2012) shows groups of works since 1980. In these groups of works of different strategies sequencing and integration of strips rhomboider curvilinear shapes, circles are also presented. Riley has chosen a particular type of presentation. They staged confrontations of two or three images in a total of 12 museum spaces, to intensify the effects of color and form in comparison. It created exciting visual experiences. In addition, the exhibition presents two wall paintings and a wall-sized drawing

Bridget Riley.Hesitate. 1964. Oil paint on canvas. Support: 1067 x 1124 mm frame: 1155 x 1100 x 54 mm. ©Tate Collection

“The joy of seeing a feature in common – they meet a surprise. You are suddenly, rapidly and unexpectedly. ” Bridget riley

For over fifty years, Bridget Riley and uncompromisingly dedicated with great accuracy of painting. Already in the 1960s, their radical artistic position was – at the time of op-art attributed – international recognition. With its participation in the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at the Museum of Modern Art (New York 1965) she became the artistic breakthrough. During this time, paintings were created in black, white and gray, show the shimmering and vibrant image structures from simple shapes. The viewer a variety of perceptual experiences are given, surprising light and motion impressions are experienced directly: light rays seem to run across the surface areas of the image appear to move in the flesh, they stretch, lift or lower.

Bridget Riley. Ease. 1987 © 2012 Bridget Riley . courtesy Karsten Schubert, London

Since 1967, changes Bridget Riley their imagery, they used color for the first time. Since then she has devoted herself entirely to the study of color and its relationship to light. It moved arise evolved from abstract fields of color images, which again produce new sensations in vision: the rhythmically placed lines, arcs and diamonds put the image surface to vibrate. Strip haze in the distance, on the approach they develop their self-coloring. Adjacent colors may correspond and appear out new color lights. The composition of colors and shapes give the impression of movement even next volume or three-dimensionality. They also vary depending on the viewer’s perspective expressed.

Bridget Riley. Nataraja. 1993. Oil paint on canvas. Support: 1651 x 2277 mm. ©Tate Collection

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Bridget Riley on Wikipedia

Bridget Riley |

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Bridget Riley bei Wikipedia

Hetzler feiert Abschied mit Riley Nicola Kuhn / Der Tagesspiegel (4.7.09)

Boom ist eben nicht gleich Boom Lisa Zeitz / FAZ (18.7.09)

Bridget Riley. Two Reds with Violet. 2008 © 2012 Bridget Riley. courtesy Karsten Schubert, London


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