Installation view of Zig Zag



Bridget Riley
22 May – 6 July 2002

The exhibition surveyed forty years of Bridget Riley’s work including one of her earliest and most ground-breaking paintings, the black and white Zig Zag from 1961. In these early pictures Riley formulated the basis of all of her subsequent works: repose, disturbance, and the reinstating of repose. This cyclic movement produces an intrinsic musicality in her work.

In painting, it seems to me, contrast is the basic relationship.  Even that which appears to be harmony is actually a harmony of contrasts, be they spatial, directional, formal, chromatic, tonal, etc.       Bridget Riley