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.
1 hour 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
5 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
1 day 27 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.