Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961-2014

  • Laura Sayers

Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961–2014 was the major exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion in 2015, and surveys the artist’s use of the curve motif in a career spanning over 50 years.

The show launched a year of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavilion as one of the first and most significant modernist public buildings in the UK.
The exhibition was formed from a selection of over 30 paintings and studies from throughout Riley’s career, illustrating the artist’s close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif.
Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961–2014 begins with early, black-and-white works such as Crest (1964), followed by paintings of twisted curves of blues, pinks and greens from the 1970s and 1980s. Recent works, including Rêve (1999) and Red with Red 1 (2007), combine curvilinear shapes with vibrant colour, described by Riley as ‘generating sweeping rhythms’. The survey also includes - for the first time outside Germany – the wall paintingRajasthan (2012).  The paintings are complemented by preparatory studies that offer insight into a number of notable shifts within Riley’s career. 
The exhibition was designed to directly connect with the building’s elegant architecture, opening out the interior space towards the sea.

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