BRIDGET RILEY (B. 1931) Study for Stage Sixty Symbol, 1961-65

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Lot 11
BRIDGET RILEY
(B. 1931)
Study for Stage Sixty Symbol, 1961-65

Sold for US$ 262,812 inc. premium
Property from an Arizona Collection
BRIDGET RILEY (B. 1931)
Study for Stage Sixty Symbol, 1961-65

signed and titled 'Study for Stage Sixty Symbol. Bridget Riley' (lower right)
ink and pencil on paper

26 7/8 x 20 in.
70.8 x 50.8 cm.

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  • Provenance
    Private Collection, Oklahoma
    Acquired by descent from the above by the present owner



    Initially favoring a style based on pointillism and Neo-Impressionism, Bridget Riley gained her artistic footing and cemented her position in the pantheon of Op Artists with works such as the present lot, Study for Stage Sixty Symbol. As one of the most celebrated figures of Op-Art, Riley is concerned with deepening the sensational and, at times, the synesthetic experience of viewership. The present lot is a study for a piece commissioned by the Stage Sixty theater company, which, between 1964 and 1967, was based at the Theatre Royal in East London. With its equally direct and contemplative composition, Study for Stage Sixty Symbol demonstrates Riley's early explorations in finding "a way to present manifold correlatives of sensation and feelings." (Richard Francis, "Bridget Riley: Works on Paper 1980-1992," Karsten Schubert Ltd., 1992, p.6) This work on paper extracts a single form with a strong focal point, yet the composition maintains a dynamic and complex sensory impact on the viewer.


    While working on the commission for the Stage Sixty Theatre company, Riley gained enduring international notoriety with the inclusion of her work in the seminal exhibition The Responsive Eye (1965) at the at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Riley's work was presented alongside artists such as Victor Vasarely, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, and Larry Bell. Included on the exhibition cover was Riley's painting Current (1964), which, as William C. Seitz notes in the catalog essay, "[bombards the eyes] with pure energy" (p.31)


    In 1968, Riley was the first living artist to win the acclaimed international prize for painting at the 34th annual Venice Biennale where she represented Great Britain. Since then, Riley has continued to accrue many notable accolades including being named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in1974, and later appointed the Companion of Honour in 1999. Riley's work is included in the permanent collections at the Tate, London; Dia Art Foundation, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, amongst others.
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