A new Bridget Riley exhibition ‘Bridget Riley: Works 1960 – 1966’ opened today in London. The exhibition is split between the Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert Gallery, 38 Bury Street, St James’s, London and Karsten Schubert Gallery (Karsten Schubert is Bridget Riley’s agent), 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London.
The exhibition concentrates on the ‘black and white’ period from 1960-66 which produced some of Riley’s most famous works. A total of 45 works are on display from both private and public collections including the hugely important and influential work ‘Movement in Squares’.
Movement in Squares – Bridget Riley
Entrance to the exhibition is free. It runs from 23 May 2012 until 13 July 2012. If you have even a passing interest in Op Art (which I’m assuming you do since you’re on the site) and live anywhere near London then this is an exhibition you should not miss.
The exhibition pulls together more than 100 works from 1939 up to the present day which illustrate “the wide-ranging visual ramifications of the expression of abstraction”. There are several Op Art pieces on display including Marcel Barbeau’s huge ‘Twirling Retina’ from 1966.
The exhibition “places particular emphasis on Québec… while also pointing out specific relevant connections with the Canadian and international scenes. The thematic presentation, divided into chronological segments, gives an immediate sense of the diversity and complexity of the works.”
Montreal Museum of Contemporary Arts, 185 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H2X 3X5, Canada
Terry Haggerty is a New York and Berlin based British artist (born London 1970) who produces huge wall installations based on extremely precise, clean geometric stripes which make use of a minimal colour set to stunning effect. He also produces paintings in a similar style. You can see more of Terry’s work on his website.
Terry’s wall installations have featured at, amongst other places, the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, CCNOA in Brussels and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Thanks to Nathalie as always for pointing this out to me.
Originally from Monterry, Mexico, Guillermo Aguilar Huerta started to take art seriously in his early twenties, first studying for a Diploma in Art History at Tecnológico de Monterrey (I.T.E.S.M.), then later studying Fine Art at Instituto Naacional de Bellas Artes in Monterrey and Interior Design at Cedim, Monterrey.
Guillermo’s time as an artist in Monterrey was very successful and he got to know a wide range of gallery owners and artists, but after a while he began to feel that the art scene there was perhaps too conservative for his tastes. This prompted a move in 2007 to Berlin where he was quick to get involved with its vibrant and flourishing contemporary art scene. Guillermo currently lives and works in Berlin.
Why do you like Op Art in particular?
I like Op art because it is a mix between Constructivism and Bauhaus, and I find the combinations from both these schools especially delightful. I enjoy the sensation the Op Art ‘optical illusions’ create. This has in turn inspired me to make and create my own combinations, adapting them to my style whilst trying to preserve the effect of movement – something I find totally fascinating.
Why do you paint in the style you do?
I paint this way because I feel personally very familiar with geometry and I like the idea that you can make unlimited forms and combinations. I’m constantly surprised at the sheer number of different combinations you can create.
Which artists have you found inspirational?
There are many painters who for me were, and sometimes still still are, creating inspirational work such as Kandinsky, Riley, Mondrian, Von Mies Van der Roe, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. I don’t really have one favourite painter. I feel great respect for all of them and of course I admire their Artwork.
How do you make your art?
I’m very traditional – I work with canvas or wood, but also I like to use materials that have already had a life. For example: cardboard, steel and plastic, especially plasic because this material takes around 500 years in nature to complete degrade. I can breathe new life into all those materials. It fascinates me that these forgotten materials can become new paintings, sculptures and installations in my studio and will last for generations.
What’s the process for making one of your artworks?
After I find my geometric forms I fill them with universal patterns and typical Mexican patterns which add colour and warmth. As I do this, I think about our modern way of life, about new architecture, different cultures, our technological advancement and how all these factors combine to influence our society. I try to combine all these thoughts in my head to create my compositions.
Anything else you like doing?
I like to walk everywhere to find new inspiration on the streets, new colours, new materials and new ideas.
You can find out more about Guillermo and see more of his work on his website.