Bridget Riley - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce an exhibition of gouaches by Bridget Riley from the series Circles Colour Structure Studies 1970/71.

The artist challenges the viewer in visual experiments that are equally subtle and provocative. The exhibition The Responsive Eye in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, appointed Bridget Riley as one of the leading artists, who works with geometrical forms and colour elements. Through optical calculation and with regularities of lines, surfaces, and color combinations, she develops optical illusions in which she investigates sight. As in Cézanne’s and Seurat’s paintings, the pictorial space serves for natural scientific studies. Riley examines the perception of nature by means of color and forms. 

Regarding this series Circles Colour Structure Studies 1970/71, in an interview with Robert Kudielka in 1972, Riley stated the following:

"The studies I make have different purposes. At the beginning I try to be as unselective as possible – to allow things to happen, later gradually tightening up until all aspects have been drawn together. 

I proceed by trial and error – exploring and slowly establishing a particular situation. Obviously many studies will be discarded en route to a painting, though they may still be interesting as visual statements. 

(…) the studies deal with aspects, the painting with totality. The studies are flexible and malleable, whereas the paintings are decisive and finite. 

(…) I have always tried to avoid « colouring forms ». I want to create a colour-form, not coloured forms. It is very important that each form finally relinquishes its separateness in the whole. It must be fully absorbed. So while it is necessary in the early stages to analyse each unit, my aim is to enable it to release sufficient energy to precipitate its dissolution in totality. 

(…) I don’t paint light. I present a colour situation which releases light as you look at it."

The interview was published to accompany the exhibition "Circles Colour Structure Studies 1970/71" at Karsten Schubert in London in 2008. 

Riley has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2008) ;  Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2007) ; ZKM – Museum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (2006) ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney ; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (both 2005) ; San Diego Museum of Art (2004) ; Tate Britain, London (2003) ; Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2000) ; Serpentine Gallery, London (1999) ; Venice Biennale (1986) ; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1980) ; Kunstverein Hannover (1970) ; documenta VI (1977) and documenta IV (1968), Kassel. 

Please note: 
The gallery will be closed from 30 July until 31 August. 

Next exhibitions at Oudenarder Straße 16-20, Berlin-Wedding: 

Access All Areas, a drawing exhibition
organised by Arturo Herrera and Tanja Wagner
September 24 – November 7, 2009

Toby Ziegler
November 21, 2009 – January 30, 2010