Although Bridget Riley’s bold, rhythmic abstractions are emblematic of the Op Art craze of the 1960s—examining the reversible figure-ground relationship, perceptual vibrations, and hypnotic appeal—her intense, rigorous works span more than this short-lived moment in art history. This single-gallery exhibition, Riley’s first solo presentation at an American museum in nearly 15 years, features the Art Institute’s own Ascending and Descending Hero (1963/65), an important early canvas, alongside an immersive, spiral-shaped sculpture, Continuum (1962/2005)—on view for the first time in the United States—that was, in many respects, the inspiration for the museum’s painting. The installation also includes two of her iconic “stripe” paintings, offering insight into the artist’s changing notions of spectacle and spectatorship.
Sponsors This exhibition is generously supported by Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and William Wolf.
Bridget Riley. Ascending and Descending Hero, 1963/65. Gift of Society for Contemporary Art.
3 days 21 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Jacques-Louis David’s "Napoleon"
French painter Jacques-Louis David created the quintessential image of Napoleon in 1812 and this rare loan provides occasion to highlight related works in the Art Institute's own collection as well as an interactive digital reconstruction of the artist's sketchbook
4 days 17 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1924: An old favorite—The Art Institute included German Shepherds as part of our crackerjack security team from the 1920s until the 1940s. Here we see guard dogs Billo and Bella posing with their handler, along with a few paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.