Serpentine South Gallery 18 Jun — 30 Aug 1999 Free

This exhibition brought together 30 of Bridget Riley’s paintings created during the 1960s and 70s.

This was the first time this seminal period of Riley’s work had been shown in London in such depth since 1971. The selection of works demonstrated Riley’s rigorous and continuing engagement with “putting the elements [of painting] through their paces.”

The exhibition charted the evolution of Riley’s practice, from her first black and white painting of 1961, to her introduction of grey and, finally, her move into colour. This exhibition provided a new generation with an opportunity to see this important body of work during a period when there was a resurgence of interest in formal abstract art of the 1960s and ’70s.


Discover over 50 years of the Serpentine

From the architectural Pavilion and digital commissions to the ideas Marathons and research-led initiatives, explore our past projects and exhibitions.

View archive