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Bridget Riley

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now (group show)
Ulster Museum, Belfast
10 March - 7 May 2017

Lines of thought explores drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. Its immediacy allows artists to act almost at the speed of thought, their choices legible in every line.

The British Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection is one of the world’s greatest graphic collections with around 50,000 drawings and over two million prints dating from the early fifteenth century to today. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from fifteenth and sixteenth century masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working now. Lines of thought thus emphasises the continuing vitality and fundamental nature of drawing, and its importance for artists from Michelangelo to Mondrian, Rembrandt to Rachel Whiteread, Piranesi to Picasso. What unites all of these artists, from the Renaissance through to contemporary practitioners and all those in-between, is the use of drawing as a means of thinking on paper.

Ulster Museum, Belfast


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Bridget Riley

Konkrete Anliegen. Sammlung Teufel (group show)
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
4 February 2017 - 7 January 2018


Bridget Riley

Serial Formations. 1967/2017. Re-Staging of the first German exhibition of international tendencies in Minimalism (group show)
Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart
3 June - 5 November 2017

The exhibition ‘Serielle Formationen’ (‘Serial Formations’), jointly curated by Peter Roehr and Paul Maenz for the Frankfurter Universität’s studio gallery in 1967, can be seen as the first thematic exhibition on Minimalist trends in Germany. In the context of its exhibition series ‘Minimalism in Germany’, which started in 2005, the Daimler Art Collection is making a first attempt to re-stage the historical presentation.

Serielle Formationen’ was an outstanding exhibition that brought together the contemporary trends of the period. In particular, it showed artwork by artists from Germany and elsewhere side by side. A total of 62 artworks by 48 artists were selected because they were pictures and objects with ‘serial order’ as a visual feature—although the concepts behind them were highly diverse and sometimes downright contradictory. The European Zero movement was represented, alongside manifestations of Nouveau Réalisme, Pop Art and Op Art and American Minimal and Conceptual Art. The exhibition was accompanied by an ambitious catalogue containing six original graphical works and extensive artwork documentation and artist statements. “The ambition of ‘Serielle Formationen’ was to inform and to identify the differences between seemingly similar art phenomena.” (Maenz)

Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart


Bridget Riley

Into the Light: Photography and Abstract Art (group show)
Tate Modern, London
3 May - 16 September 2018

How photographers responded and contributed to the invention of abstract art

The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately. Into the Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction. Key vintage prints are brought together from pioneers like Paul Strand, László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray, as well as lesser-known experimental works and those of contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff. Their work is shown alongside abstract paintings, sculptures and installations by major figures in abstract art, from Georges Braque and Jackson Pollock to Carl Andre and Bridget Riley.

Tate Modern, London


Bridget Riley

Cosmos (solo show)
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
8 June - 12 November 2017

Bridget Riley, Cosmos, 2016-2017. Courtesy of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu © Bridget Riley 2017. All rights reserved
Bridget Riley, Cosmos, 2016-2017. Courtesy of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu © Bridget Riley 2017. All rights reserved

Bridget Riley’s paintings require our active participation – there’s no chance of uninvolved viewing either from a distance or closer up. Cosmos is Christchurch Art Gallery’s new wall painting, and the fourth of five major works acquired to mark our extended time of closure following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010–11. It is accompanied by an exhibition that summarises some sixty years of committed practice by this internationally-acclaimed English artist, from a 1959 copy of Georges Seurat’s Le Pont de Courbevoie to her newest painting made for Christchurch. Highly individual and richly imbued with lessons from her respected forebears, we reveal a lifetime of continuous experimentation within self-imposed limits.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch


Bridget Riley

To Distribute and Multiply: The Feibes & Schmitt Gift (group show)
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
From 10 June 2017

The Hyde Collection celebrates the opening of its first gallery dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art, the Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, with forty works drawn from the collection donated by Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt in 2016. Architects by profession, the collectors primarily acquired Abstract and non-representational art, reveling in their contemporaries’ new-found freedom from depicting the natural world. The title of the exhibition, To Distribute and Multiply, is inspired by the words of artist and teacher Josef Albers, whose work is represented in the collection. In addition to Albers, the exhibition features a number of works by other major twentieth-century artists including Jean (Hans) Arp, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, George Rickey, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol.

The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls


Bridget Riley

That '70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection (group show)
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia
23 June - 17 September 2017

Bridget Riley, Blue Dominance, 1977 © Bridget Riley 2017. Courtesy of the Columbia Museum of Art
Bridget Riley, Blue Dominance, 1977 © Bridget Riley 2017. Courtesy of the Columbia Museum of Art

This exhibition gives us a chance to explore rarely seen works from a decade-sized slice of the CMA’s collection of contemporary art. That '70s Show draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that taste forgot,” while showing a complicated portrait of art, current events, and identity in America. In contemporary art, the lingering effects of hard-edge modernism rubbed elbows with the messiness of tie-dye while pop art’s consumerist legacy existed alongside the simplicity movement. It was a time that claimed equal rights for all people and all forms of artmaking, from collage to op art. This exhibition is both a meaningful examination of art and history and a light and fun summer viewing experience.

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia


Bridget Riley

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now (group show)
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe
27 May - 17 September 2017

The exhibition examines the many ways artists have used drawing as a means of recording and provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today .The internationally recognized line-up of artists is a ‘who’s who’ of artists through the centuries. The exhibition includes work by artists as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Franz Kline and Rachel Whiteread. Combining work from master artists of the past with artists working today, clearly demonstrates the common thread of drawing as the basis for creation. Drawing is one of the most effective mediums for the immediate expression and representation of an artist’s ideas. Drawing often serves as the starting point for other creative arts including painting, sculpture, even basic engineering design and architecture. The exhibition will help visitors to explore the range inherent in the medium of drawing and may even inspire them to draw as well.

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe


Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley (solo show)
The Chinati Foundation, Marfa
6 October 2017 - 2019


Bridget Riley

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception (group show)
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire
8 July – 1 October 2017

Bridget Riley, Achaean, 1981 ©Tate, London 2017 ©Bridget Riley 2017.  All rights reserved.
Bridget Riley, Achaean, 1981 ©Tate, London 2017 ©Bridget Riley 2017. All rights reserved.

Compton Verney’s summer exhibition will take you on a fascinating and stimulating journey that looks at the ways in which our visual perceptions have been explored by artists.
From the Impressionists onwards, artists have been inspired by historical and contemporary colour theories -most markedly seen in the pointillist work of Georges Seurat and his associates, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the beholder.
During the 20th century, the scientific and philosophical interest in perception extended into ways of communicating movement via static art forms. Artists such as Helen Saunders, M.C. Escher, Josef Albers and Victor Vasarely variously used tessellation – patterns created by using identical shapes – mathematics, and often colour, to convey the sensation of movement.

The ‘Op Art’ movement from the 1950’s to the 1970’s made stars of Bridget Riley, Carlos Cruz Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto and Julio Le Parc, Peter Sedgley, whose work will be on show in Compton Verney, as will that of their successors, Christiane Baumgartner, Liliane Lijn, Rodney Graham, Daniel Buren, Sara Moorhouse, Luthar Götz, Liz West and Jim Lambie.

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire