Bridget Riley: Durable Modernism

Bridget Riley, Lilac Painting 5, 2008/1983, oil on linen 67 1/2 x 55 1/4 inches,
Bridget Riley, Lilac Painting 5, 2008/1983, oil on linen 67 1/2 x 55 1/4 inches, Private collection (© Bridget Riley 2014. All rights reserved. Courtesy David Zwirner, London)

Francesco Dama reviews Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961–2014 at David Zwirner Gallery, London, on view through July 25.

Dama writes: "Following the Modernist tradition, the artist has dedicated her whole career to understanding visual perception, engaging with form and color. Yet, her way of painting links her to Minimalism and to conceptual practice, influences that are still clearly recognizable in a great part of today’s art. This is probably where one has to look to understand the reasons for her success: Riley’s paintings establish a sort of bridge between old inquiries and more recent art; no matter how many years have passed since the inception of Modernism, she seems to suggest its bases are still the fundament of artistic endeavor, and always will be. Her work acts as a reminder of this."