National Gallery Announces Bridget Riley: New Paintings and Related Work

LONDON.- Bridget Riley (b. 1931) is one of the most significant and original painters of our time. This Sunley Room exhibition focuses upon her most recent paintings and will enable visitors to investigate how Riley’s work relates to the National Gallery Collection. Two of Riley’s works will be made directly onto the walls of the exhibition space. ‘Composition with Circles 7’ is a wall-drawing that Riley and her studio will create especially for the longest wall of the Sunley Room. A version of her wall-painting, ‘Arcadia’, will also be on view, which was last seen at Riley’s major retrospective exhibition of 2008 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. At the National Gallery, however, the painting will be recreated on a larger scale to relate better with the space. While committed to abstraction, Riley has always had a deep interest in the Old Masters, looking at and learning their uses