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Title
Suspension
Artist
Bridget Riley
Date
1964
Dimensions
unframed 45.75 × 45.875 × 2.25 inches
Materials
emulsion on wood
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Paintings (Paintings)
Accession Number
1981.50
Style
Conceptual
Inscriptions
LL side in white paint “Riley ‘64”; reverse TR & TL in white paint “Fragile” reverse TC in white paint “RILEY /1964 SUSPENSION/ emulsion on wood/ 46 x 46 ins
Physical Description
top and bottom of panel curved. Horizontal bands of black diagonal stripes every other row of the stripes point in the same direction. creating an optical illusion
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julius E. Davis, 1981

object label Bridget Riley, Suspension (1964) Walker Art Center, 1998

“… that which is constant or static is an inseparable part of that which changes or moves–in painting they have to be experienced simultaneously.”–Bridget Riley

Attempting to elucidate ideas about movement in stationary objects, Bridget Riley began creating striking black-and-white paintings in the 1960s. In Suspension, she uses strategies of contradiction and ambiguity to create her analogy of the rhythms and paradoxes of human psychology. Through multiplication of line carefully calibrated in terms of scale, dimension, angle, and frequency, the artist attempts to suggest a parallel with the structure of human emotion–its “repetition, contrast, calculated reversal, and counterpoint.”

Label text for Bridget Riley, Suspension (1964), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center