Bridget Riley on perception and her work

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 18:22

Hayward Gallery’s major retrospective exhibition of Bridget Riley’s work, traces both the origins and the evolving nature of the artist’s innovative practice. Featuring some of Riley’s best known canvases – including her iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s – but also rarely-seen drawings, studies and preparatory materials, the exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience one of the most important artists of our time.

For the artist too, such a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, also offers a chance to gain an insight into her own work. In this, the first of two short videos, Riley expresses her delight at seeing how audiences react to, and experience, her work, and how that relates to her own dialogue with her painting.


Bridget Riley 1 | Hayward Gallery


And in this second short clip, Riley explains how, when creating new pieces, she endeavours to explore the different ways in which her work will be viewed.


Bridget Riley 2 | Hayward Gallery


The work is absolutely still, but you, by looking, you move it; which is the amazing thing of perception in action.
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.