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Bagatelle 1

Bagatelle 1
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 52cm x W 82cm

Critical Review

Seemingly simple, these forms elicit the viewer’s regard in order to question the mode of spectatorship required of art. An embodiment of Riley’s artistic philosophy, this optically striking print places construction and deconstruction side-by-side, exhibiting the confidence of their creator who has continued to produce ground-breaking work well into their nineties. ‘No mere bagatelle’, this print presents a playful irony referenced by both its artistic form and title, harking back to the provocative and counter-cultural milieu which first launched Riley’s hugely successful career in the 1960s. A nod to the illusionist sensibilities of that period, it re-establishes Riley as one of the leading proponents of Op Art, alongside Victor Varseley and Richard Anusckiewicz.