Bridget Riley, ‘Untitled (based on Primitive Blaze)’, 1962, ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN

Untitled (based on Primitive Blaze) was held back from publication by Bridget Riley, who initially considered the image to be not as she had imagined, hence the title. A more finely drawn version was published two years later: Untitled (based on Blaze) of 1964 (Schubert 4). Rediscovering the undistributed edition of Primitive Blaze some ten years ago, it was by then clear that this work was an important document of her development as a printmaker, and permission was given for the edition to be sold. Despite this recent distribution, the small edition of 40 and increasing interest in Riley's black and white works, means that this work is already rare.

Another example from the edition illustrated
Printer unknown

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated by the artist

Publisher: Published by the artist

Schubert 1a

Private Collection, London

About Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at The Museum of Modern Art. There, her black-and-white paintings—which created illusions of movement—were shown alongside works by Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Frank Stella, and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. In the late '60s, she introduced color into her work and went on to win the Prize for Painting at the 1968 Venice Biennale. Since then her work has unfolded through numerous groups and series that engage the viewers' perception to induce simultaneously shifting patterns of forms and changing, optical mixtures of colors. Over the past decade, she has also made large, black-and-white murals that shape and articulate the environments they occupy. Her work is ultimately inspired by nature—“although in completely different terms,” she says, adding, “For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces—an event rather than an appearance.”

British, b. 1931, Norwood, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Rare, Collectible and Historic Modern & Contemporary Art Posters, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2016
Eye Attack: Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950-1970, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2013
Linear Abstraction, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Rare, Collectible and Historic Modern & Contemporary Art Posters, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2017
Luxury Travel and Interiors Evening, Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London
2017
Vintage Political Art, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2016
Christmas Exhibition, Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London
2016
2016
Eye Attack: Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950-1970, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2016
Group Show of Editions, Nicholas Gallery, Belfast
2013
Linear Abstraction, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
1965
The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
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