Contemporary Print Market Report
Bridget Riley: Sonnet - Signed Print

Sonnet
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

£5,000-£7,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2016
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 69cm x W 56cm

Critical Review

Arranged in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal configuration, depending on one’s perception, the triangular shapes forming Sonnet have a winged left-hand edge. Sonnet compliments Dance, a site specific work Riley executed for the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague. Dance, which took three years to complete and is now a permanent feature of the Museum’s reception, is a larger scaled version of the work on paper Sonnet.

Riley has always worked within limits: limiting her work to just black and white, or a limited selection of three or four colours, as well as limiting the geometric forms that constitute her compositions. On this Riley professes: “I realised that the most exciting way of setting about work was to establish limits, in terms of each particular piece, which would sometimes push me and the work as we evolved together into such tight corners that yielded surprising riches”. Riley goes on to claim that it was only through limiting herself that she could discover things she would have never dreamt of within her practice. In other words, Riley believes that the controlled, formal logic of her works allows for a more intense synaesthetic freedom.

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