Bridget Riley is one of Britain’s most respected artists, and has achieved international acclaim for her distinctive and optically vibrant paintings that generate sensations of movement, light and space. 'Flashback' tracks her influential career from its sensational beginnings in the early 1960s to the powerful large-scale works of recent years. Eight paintings are complemented by thirty works on paper that illuminate her very different working methods over five decades. A seminal work in this show is 'Movement in Squares', which was acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 1962, the year after it was made. Riley credits this work as the beginning of her famous exploration of geometric form.
'Flashback' is a major new series of touring exhibitions from the Arts Council Collection. Taking as its starting point the Collection's founding principle of supporting emerging artists through the purchase of their work, the series showcases British artists of world renown whose works were acquired early on by the Collection.
This exhibition toured to the following venues:
25 September - 13 December 2009
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
6 February - 23 May 2010
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
5 June - 5 September 2010
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich
17 September - 5 December 2010
City Art Gallery, Southampton
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Bridget Riley, Movement in Squares, 1961. © Bridget Riley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
Bridget Riley, Ecclesia, 1985. © Bridget Riley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.