until 24.10. | #2815ARTatBerlin | Galerie Max Hetzler shows a comprehensive exhibition of the artist Bridget Riley from September 5, 2020.
Gallery Max Hetzler is pleased to draw your attention to their comprehensive solo exhibition with works by the internationally renowned artist Bridget Riley in all three Berlin locations. This is the seventh solo exhibition of the artist with the gallery.
Since the beginning of her career, Bridget Riley has constantly expanded the concept of abstraction and its possibilities for the painterly process. Aware of how individual and collective experiences influence the way we view the world, the artist creates works that liberate color and form from their illustrative potential and enable what the artist calls “pure seeing”. Riley conceives her paintings by condensing and combining specific forms. Vertical and horizontal stripes, circles, triangles and rhombuses, curved lines seem to move rhythmically across the canvas. The artist’s profound engagement with movement, light and color results in a complex oeuvre, which is based on a long-standing fascination with the physical process of perception.
The exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin includes new paintings and wall works from recent series as well as significant works from the past years that trace Riley’s exhibition history with the gallery, which began more than a decade ago.
In 2007, Riley created the iconic wall painting Arcadia 1 in a constant exploration of pictorial space and presented it in her first exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin that same year. Arcadia 1 shows a flowing composition of overlapping curves in green, blue and ochre, which make the white surface of the gallery wall part of the work
leave. The mural will now be on display in the exhibition space at Bleibtreustraße 45, along with examples from Riley’s series of striped paintings and her work group Measure for Measure, in which she returns to the form of the disc.
A selection of new works on canvas and a large wall painting from Riley’s most recent series Intervals form the focus of the exhibition at Goethestraße 2/3. Intervals bears witness to the dynamics and constant development of Riley’s artistic practice. Although Intervals is characteristic of the artist’s work, it represents a radical expansion due to its vertical format and the dominant white ground, which both delimits and contrasts with the colors violet, ochre, green and turquoise.
The gallery’s new location at Bleibtreustraße 15/16 is the first to show a painting that Riley began working on six years ago. The large-format, multi-colored work is a homage to Henri Matisse, a source of inspiration from which Riley draws incessantly.
Bridget Riley was born in London in 1931, where she lives and works. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at international institutions, including The Hayward Gallery, London and National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2019-2020); Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura (2018); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2016); The Courtauld Institute, London (2015); The Art Institute of Chicago (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen (2012); The National Gallery, London (2010); Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004); Tate Britain, London (2003); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2000); Serpentine Gallery, London (1999); National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1980); Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas (1978); Kunsthalle Bern and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1971); Kunstverein Hannover (1970); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1969); and in the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1966). The artist represented Great Britain at the 34th Biennale di Venezia (1968) and took part in Documenta IV (1968) and Documenta VI (1977) in Kassel.
Bridget Riley’s works are represented in renowned collections such as the Tate, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of
Contemporary Art – MOCA, Los Angeles; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
Opening: Saturday, September 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, September 5 – Saturday, September 24, 2020To the Gallery
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