Bridget Riley  Studies 1984–95

Text by Natalia Naish and Alexandra Tommasini, Bridget Riley in conversation with Robert Kudielka
Ridinghouse 2015
£15.95  |  $25

23 × 19.5 cm  |  9 1/8 × 7 5/8 in
72 pp, 34 colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 909932 04 3

Tracking a transitional period of Bridget Riley’s career, the works on paper in this volume move from the vertical stripe to increasingly complex diagonal compositions.

During the mid-1980s, Riley introduced a new pictorial device – the rhomboid – to the then predominantly vertical stripes, developing her exploration of interplaying tones of green, yellow and orange.


Riley constructs new visual relationships between divergent colours and forms within these works, creating what the artist terms a ‘harmony of contrasts’ that animates the entire visual field.


Illustrated in full colour, the works are accompanied by a historic interview with the artist by Robert Kudielka and a text by Natalia Naish and Alexandra Tommasini, which situate these studies with major paintings during this period.

Robert Kudielka is an art historian and former professor of aesthetics and philosophy of art at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Natalia Naish and Alexandra Tommasini work at the Bridget Riley Archive, London.

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