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Bridget Riley

Press release


Bridget Riley

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce a comprehensive solo exhibition with works by internationally acclaimed artist Bridget Riley on view across all three gallery locations in Berlin. This is the artist's seventh solo exhibition with the gallery.

Since the beginning of her career, Bridget Riley has constantly redefned the concept of abstraction and its possibilities for the painterly process. Being acutely aware of how individual and collective experiences taint one’s vision of the world, the artist creates works that free colour and form from their illustrative potential, enabling what the artist refers to as “pure sight”. Riley develops paintings through the accumulation and distribution of particular forms—vertical and horizontal stripes, circles, triangles, and rhomboids, curving bands—that move rhythmically across the surface. The artist's profound observations of movement, light and colour lead to a complex oeuvre that underlies a long-standing fascination for the physical process of perception.

The exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin will comprise new paintings and wall works from recent series as well as signifcant works from past years that refect on Riley’s relationship with the gallery, which began more than a decade ago.

Continuously exploring pictorial spaces, Riley created the significant wall painting Arcadia 1 in 2007 and presented it at her initial exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin the same year. Arcadia 1 depicts a vivid, flowing composition of overlapping curves in green, blue and ochre, making the white surface of the gallery wall part of the work. The wall painting will now be on view at the gallery's intimate space in Bleibtreustraße 45, alongside examples from Riley's red horizontal stripe paintings.