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Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work, National Gallery | reviews, news & interviews

Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work, National Gallery

Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work, National Gallery

Looking again and again: Riley repays a visit

'Red with Red 1' (2007) by Bridget Riley© Bridget Riley, 2010. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London

Well, we all make mistakes. Or, in my case, we (I mean “I”) sometimes just fail to look. This new, small but perfectly formed exhibition of Bridget Riley’s work in the National Gallery’s Sunley Rooms follows the pattern that the gallery has developed over the years, with a single artist entering into a conversation with the great art of the past. Riley’s conversation is gripping, and one of the things it says (to me) is, “Shame on you for not looking.”

Well, we all make mistakes. Or, in my case, we (I mean “I”) sometimes just fail to look. This new, small but perfectly formed exhibition of Bridget Riley’s work in the National Gallery’s Sunley Rooms follows the pattern that the gallery has developed over the years, with a single artist entering into a conversation with the great art of the past. Riley’s conversation is gripping, and one of the things it says (to me) is, “Shame on you for not looking.”

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