Ridinghouse with Arc / Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris 2008 • £35 | $85 • Hardback • 328 pp • 30 x 24 cm | 11.75 x 9.5 in • 140 colour illustrations • ISBN 978 1 905464 15 9
This fabulous catalogue which accompanies Bridget Riley’s retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (June – September 2008) is an excellent opportunity to rediscover the artist. Early works inspired by Seurat are to be seen alongside the well-known black and white paintings, a monumental wall drawing and wall painting, and recent canvases with curved forms and vivid colors. Illustrations of over 60 paintings are complemented by more than 80 drawings which give an account of the ceaseless creative process of the artist. This is a bilingual catalogue (French / English) containing six essays: Eric de Chassey, Jonathan Crary, Frances Follin, Robert Kudielka, Anne Montfort and Semir Zeki; an interview between Lynne Cooke and the artist; a text about the two mural works by Nadia Chalbi; and an extensive biography of Bridget Riley. Together, the illustrations and essays, offer a brilliant overview of Riley’s growing oeuvre.