Bridget Riley: Black & white

'The longer you stand in front of a Bridget Riley work, the more it begins to melt or buckle or vibrate before your eyes'. Sophie Oxenbridge, Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery, examines Bridget Riley's use of black and white.

Oxenbridge looks at paintings from the early 1960s, when Riley first burst onto the London art scene, and explains how the artist used the contrast of black and white to explore the perceptual potential of her work.

Bridget Riley: Black & White | Hayward Gallery


In some of her black and white works from this period, the close proximity of undulating lines actually gives the appearance of vibrations on the canvas.
Sophie Oxenbridge, Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery, on Bridget Riley


Bridget Riley is at Hayward Gallery from Wednesday 23 October to Sunday 26 January.

Hayward Gallery is open 11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed, with late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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Bridget Riley is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with Hayward Gallery.