Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Flat Colour, Sharp Shapes and the Spanish

Bridget Riley opens at Timothy Taylor. Tom Lubbock asks the pertinent questions
"Why this solemnity about shapes and colours? Why this obsession with purity?"

Bridget Riley’s new paintings are clean, bright, hopeful and full of movement. The simpler forms that Bridget Riley is drawing out and the push me pull you tradition in the images attract me but I still find the process and style to harsh and impersonal. They are honed but not comparable to this Spanish Elegy by Robert Motherwell.

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic (Basque Elegy), 1967
Oil on canvas 82 ¼ x 138 inches, Private Collection.
Location: 2nd floor, JCMCA Portland Art Museum

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