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Dedication Visual Arts Building Albion College

Dedication Visual Arts Building Albion College
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Lithograph, 1966
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 91cm x W 63cm

Critical Review

This lithograph depicts a poster made in 1966 for a lecture surrounding an exhibition entitled Art Of Two Cities, Kansas - Minneapolis, at Albion College in the US. The main image of the poster features circles, in which the two half segments do not align perfectly, but are disjointed. Placed in a diagonal configuration, the circles are rotated on alternating axes, appearing to be scattered randomly across the page. Yet, this lithograph, much like Riley’s entire oeuvre, is the result of lengthy mathematical preparatory sketching. Thus, there is both a method and rhythm to the seeming chaos.

Published in 1966, this lithograph was released following the 1965 The Responsive Eye exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which included the work of Riley, and propelled the British artist to international fame. Her optically dazzling works captured the public consciousness, who were captivated by their dizzying, unstabling effects. Just two years later, in 1968, Riley would be awarded the International Painting Prize at the Venice Biennale. Therefore, this lithograph represents a pivotal moment in Riley’s career, following which she would go on to continuously re-define modern painting.