Must see exhibit: Bridget Riley: Perceptual Abstraction”
When: March 3–Sunday, July 24, 2022
Location: Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut
Time: Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Selected by the artist and displayed on two floors, the works in this exhibition comprise the largest survey of Riley’s work in the United States in twenty years. The show opens with an in-depth examination of Riley’s seminal monochrome paintings of the 1960s on the third floor and presents the full range of her oeuvre in color on the second floor. Assembling Riley’s most iconic paintings alongside rarely seen works, the exhibition traces the evolution of her deep engagement with the fundamentals of visual perception.
Riley notes, from the New York Times article on this show:
“It’s very important to establish a dialogue with your own work,” she said. “My eyesight, my understanding, changes all the time. No two days are alike. I think all painters have experienced that — you can look at something as though you’ve never seen it before.”
Two paintings by Riley are featured in the book Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques.