Embodied Visions  Bridget Riley, Op Art and the Sixties

By Frances Follin
Ridinghouse 2004 in association with Thames & Hudson
£18.95

23.3 × 17 cm  |  9 1/8 × 6 3/4 in
Softback
264 pp, 53 b&w ill
Distributed worldwide by Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 978 0 500976 43 2

Art historian Frances Follin examines contemporary reviews of Bridget Riley’s 1960s work, revealing the complex associations between her paintings and the culture in which they were produced.


Far from being the peripheral art form that some later accounts have presented, Riley’s work had a central place in contemporary cultural debates and is a point of focus at which many strands of art and cultural history come together.

 

They relate in subtle and unexpected ways to much of the other art of the period – from the legacy of Jackson Pollock to later developments in Postmodernism – whilst also correlating with areas of culture outside art, such as the ‘space race’ and the emerging countercultural movements. 

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