For nearly six decades Bridget Riley has been making paintings that address our experience of looking and seeing in a dramatic and complex manner. She regards the development of her work and ideas as an ongoing process of artistic problem solving, inherited from artists of the past and handed on to future generations. This belief in the capacity of painting to continually renew its purpose within art history contributes to the enduring relevance of Riley’s vision and artistic ideology. Writer Michael Bracewell, art historian Suzanne Hudson, and curator Lynne Cooke will discuss Riley’s work and its relation to contemporary artistic thought and practice.
MICHAEL BRACEWELL is a writer based in London. He has written widely on the art of Bridget Riley, for publications including ‘Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work’, National Gallery, London (2010). He is the co-organiser of ‘Bridget Riley: Painting Now’ at Spruth-Magers, Los Angeles, (2018) and has contributed to the exhibition catalogue.
SUZANNE HUDSON is an art historian and critic based in Los Angeles, where she is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Recent books include 'Painting Now' (Thames & Hudson, 2015) and 'Agnes Martin: Night Sea' (Afterall/MIT Press, 2017). 'Mary Weatherford' is forthcoming in late 2018.
LYNNE COOKE is Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 2000, while a curator at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York, she organized ‘Bridget Riley: Reconnaissance’, which at the time was the first solo exhibition devoted to Riley’s work to originate in the US in decades.
Co-presented by Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
A special viewing of the exhibition 'Bridget Riley: Painting Now’ will take place across the street from LACMA at Sprüth Magers (5900 Wilshire Blvd) from 6 to 7 pm, so that visitors may see Riley's work in person before attending the panel.