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Bagatelle 2

Bagatelle 2
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

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

Critical Review

Bagatelle 2 is typical of Riley’s work, which explores the dynamic potentialities of optical phenomena. Less dizzying than other prints, Bagatelle 2 still succeeds in disorientating the viewer, as the two-dimensional, triangular shapes appear in motion on the canvas. Riley’s compositions are the result of meticulous measurements and preparatory sketches, which are then given to her assistants who paint the artworks under Riley’s strict instruction. Riley relies heavily on these preparation stages, particularly drawing, recognising it as “an exercise in looking”. The intense, controlled precision of Riley’s art and its formal logic seem to allow for a wild, synaesthetic freedom.