Paris

Bridget Riley, New Day, 1988, oil on linen, 63 x 89".

Bridget Riley, New Day, 1988, oil on linen, 63 x 89".

Paris

Bridget Riley

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
June 12–September 14, 2008

Curated by Anne Montfort

It was not unusual for 1960s French critics to claim Bridget Riley as their own. At times maintaining that they (namely, Viktor Vasarely) spearheaded Op art, the French have extended an honorary laurel to the English artist—and are gearing up for a new opportunity to frame her practice. Featuring fifty-eight paintings and more than one hundred drawings that span Riley's prolific career, this retrospective will debut several recent pieces and two murals created specifically for the exhibition. Though curator Anne Montfort may emphasize Riley's Gallic connection (the press release reiterates the influence of Post-Impressionism), the breadth and currency of the objects to be presented—from the astringent black-and-white canvases of the early to mid-'60s to the undulating and chromatically complex abstractions of the past decade—will no doubt convince viewers of the artist's universal appeal.