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50 years of Riley's Curve paintings celebrated at the De La Warr Pavilion

— June 2015

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Andante 1, 1980. Private collection. © 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London

Bridget Riley

‘The Curve Paintings 1961-2014’

13 June – 6 September 2015

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK

‘Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961–2014’ is the major exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion this summer, and surveys the artist’s use of the curve motif in a career spanning over 50 years.  The show launches a year of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavilion as one of the first and most significant modernist public buildings in the UK.

The exhibition is formed from a selection of over 30 paintings and studies from throughout Riley’s career, illustrating the artist’s close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif. It is designed to directly connect with the elegant architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion, opening out the interior space towards the sea.

‘Bridget Riley: The Curve Paintings 1961–2014’begins with early, black-and-white works such as Crest (1964), followed by paintings of twisted curves of blues, pinks and greens from the 1970s and 1980s. Recent works, including Rêve (1999) and Red with Red 1 (2007), combine curvilinear shapes with vibrant colour, described by Riley as ‘generating sweeping rhythms’. The survey also includes – for the first time outside Germany – the wall painting Rajasthan (2012).  The paintings are complemented by preparatory studies that offer insight into a number of notable shifts within Riley’s career. 

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, published by De La Warr Pavilion and Ridinghouse, featuring an in-depth interview with Riley by Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and a biography by art historian Robert Kudielka.

Supported by Arts Council England and Rother District Council.

De La Warr Pavilion
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex TN40 1DP.

Open every day 10a.m.–5p.m.  Admission Free. For further information call 01424 229111

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