Bridget Riley

Sidney Janis Gallery

From Bridget Riley’s painting you gain a definite, if useless, amount of information about the optical components and reciprocal effects of colors in various combinations and patterns. These combinations and patterns might be considered Riley’s invention; they obviously result from persistent research on her part.

In Shih-Li, wavy horizontal lines cause the surface to undulate in a series of diagonal ripples. Furthermore, with time the interwoven colors of the lines create a checkerboard of white and yellow light along these diagonals. Paean, the largest painting in the exhibition, is more rigid in structure and more devastating in effect. In it, tripartite vertical bands combining red, blue, and green in various sequences (always one color flanked on each side by another) cause the surface to disintegrate into a shimmering, almost blinding, light and the eyes to water. At this point, the

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