The Stripe Paintings 1961–2012

Among the many pictorial devices Bridget Riley has deployed over her long career, the use of stripes has recurred the most consistently. Accompanying the exhibition Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961–2012 at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin, this publication documents key paintings and studies demonstrating how Riley regularly returns to this seemingly simple idea and achieves surprising and complex results. At the center of the book stands a group of new horizontal stripe paintings, which take Riley’s ability to animate the entire visual field to new heights. This unique and focused publication includes full-color illustrations alongside important new texts by John Elderfield and Paul Moorhouse.

September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover /9 3/4 x 12 inches
86 pp / 31 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-76-0 · Retail Price: $59.95


Eight Studies 1969–1972

Eight never-before-seen gouache studies from 1969 to 1972 are at the center of this slim title, illustrating Op Art doyenne Bridget Riley’s dynamic approach to color. Part of a comprehensive series on specific periods in the artist’s career, this volume documents the small group of studies that represent a major reconfiguration of her style—the introduction of soaring Technicolor to her previous monochromatic works. The shapes in these gouaches, arranged from a limited selection of colors—namely violet, green and pink, explore the visual relationship between “contrast and harmony”. Accompanied by full-color illustrations, a conversation between the artist and art critic Robert Kudielka from 1972 positions the works within the context of Bridget Riley’s oeuvre.

July 2014 /Softcover
9 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches / 32 pp / 8 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-90-6 · Retail Price: $19.95


The Curve Paintings 1961–2014

Over the past 50 years, artist Bridget Riley has returned to the curve motif again and again in her work. Designed to coincide with her current exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK, this slender catalog features over 30 studies and paintings from the exhibition exploring how the artist combined curvilinear shapes with her vibrant color palette throughout her career. From her black-and-white works of the 1960s through her recent wall painting Rajasthan (2012), this is the first major survey of this theme in her work. Riley’s distinctive abstract language was shaped by her study of Paul Cézanne’s and Georges Seurat’s treatment of pictorial space. Accompanying the color illustrations are an introduction by art historian and critic Robert Kudielka, who has written extensively on Riley, and a new interview with the artist by curator Paul Moorhouse offering an in-depth exploration of Riley’s influences and developments.

October 2015 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches / 96 pp / 43 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-12-8 · Retail Price: $32.00


Studies 1984–95

The latest addition to the publisher’s series on Bridget Riley’s paintings, this compact monograph tracks a transitional period in the artist’s career in the mid-1980s. One of the foremost exponents of Op art, Riley became inspired by the 19th-century colorists Monet, Seurat and Cézanne in the late 1960s and began painting “complex color symphonies” of “interactive color.” The introduction of a new pictorial device—the rhomboid—to her then-predominantly vertical stripes is the subject of this monograph. While exploring the interplaying tones of green, yellow and orange, she gradually moved from vertically striped to increasingly complex diagonal compositions. New visual relationships between divergent colors and forms animate the entire visual field. Illustrated in full color, the works are accompanied by an interview with the artist by German art critic Robert Kudielka. An introductory text by writer Natalia Naish and art historian Alexandra Tommasini situates these studies within Riley’s long and rich career.

July 2015 / Softcover
7 1/2 x 9 inches / 72 pp / 34 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-04-3 · Retail Price: $25.00


Learning from Seurat

The newest edition in the encyclopedic series documenting accomplished British abstract painter Bridget Riley’s exceptional career, Learning from Seurat is a petite but informative publication exploring the early influence of historical artists on her work. Accompanying Riley’s show at the noted Courtauld Gallery, London (2015–16), the catalog focuses on her seminal encounter in 1959 with Georges Seurat’s painting The Bridge at Courbevoie (1886–87). Riley gained a new understanding of color and tone from this painting, which subsequently led to her first major works of pure abstraction in the early 1960s. Alongside full-color illustrations, the publication includes an introductory text by Courtauld curators Karen Serres and Barnaby Wright, an interview with the artist by critic Éric de Chassey, as well as two essays written by Riley that offer her insights on Seurat’s importance to her own practice.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches / 80 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 978-1-909932-15-9 · Retail Price: $19.95

Bridget Riley: The Eye’s Mind

Collected Writings 1965-2009

In the newest addition to Ridinghouse’s in-depth series on Bridget Riley, The Eye’s Mind brings together over 40 years of essays by and interviews with this leading abstract artist. Divided into three sections – Autobiographical, Development as a Painter and On Art and Other Artists – the writings reveal Riley’s relationship to numerous topics, including the term “abstract;” the influence of Seurat and Cézanne; the role of color and painting throughout art history; the importance of perception and much more. Also featured are interviews with leading art historians David Sylvester, Mel Gooding and Lynne Cooke as well as studies of other artists whose work relates to Riley’s, such as Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman and Georges Seurat. A combination of text and copious illustrations gives the reader a complete and engaging look into this important artist’s life and career.

Ridinghouse, London
January 2010 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 inches
352 pp / 50 b/w and 42 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-22-7 · Retail Price: $39.95


Bice Curiger

The Baroque era of the 17th century is associated with sensuality, extravagance and theatricality. This abundantly illustrated, full-color exhibition catalog from Kunsthaus Zürich juxtaposes the work of contemporary luminaries such as Cindy Sherman, Maurizio Cattelan and Juergen Teller with those of Baroque-era masters such as Pieter Aertsen, Valentin de Boulogne and Jacob Jordaens. This exhibition highlights works that approach life with sensualist intelligence, proclaim a vital exuberance and link to questions about what constitutes art itself through the connections with contemporary art. Texts by Bice Curiger, Elfriede Jelinek, Eileen Myles and Raoul Vaneigem and a discussion with Nike Bätzner, Bice Curiger, Victoria von Felmming, Michael Glasmeier and Tristan Weddigen.

August 2012/ Softcover/ 9 3/4 x 12 inches/ 176 pp/ 200 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-011-5 · Retail Price: $49.95


Your Saliva Is My Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain

Swiss visual artist Elisabeth Charlotte “Pipilotti” Rist (b. 1962) has been a pioneering figure in video art since the 1980s. Her sensual and audacious video installations tackling conventions and taboos in an entertaining, ironic and self-confident way have brought her international fame. Accompanying her new installation at Kunsthaus Zürich, this condensed information-packed publication is structured as a visual and literary glossary with short alphabetically organized contributions on important themes in her work. Renowned authors such as Martin Suter and Sibylle Berg, the artist’s friends, plus art historians, representatives of other guilds and, last but not least, children, all have their say, giving us insight into not only her art but her psyche. In addition, documents and photographs from Rist’s personal archive are published here for the first time—and as a special feature, the book includes 12 large plates that can be removed from the book. Rist’s work are in collections such as MoMA, NY; MCA, Chicago; and SFMOMA.

May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 12 inches / 96 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-163-1 · Retail Price: $55.00


The Early Years of Vienna Actionism 1960–1966

Viennese Actionism, a school of radical performance art, was intent on upending what it saw as the stultifying bourgeois art conventions of the postwar years. This was, of course, squarely in line with the performative paradigm of the late 20th-century avant-garde—a rereading of painting and sculpture as directly experiential. Four artists, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, shocked polite gallery-goers across Europe with their radical actions and immensely physical, body-mutilating performances. They stretched the painted image to its “breaking point”—literally. In their mission to reanimate the arts, they replaced representation with a vehement devotion to sensual and directly perceptible materials: blood for Nitsch, junk and rubbish for Muehl, white paint sludge for Brus, and the deconstruction of the compositionally controlled image for Schwarzkogler. This catalog amasses examples of their painting and collage as well as original documentation of their radical “staged performances.”

October 2014
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
102 pp / 8 2/3 x 11 inches / 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-097-9 · Retail Price: $46.00


Tobi Maier & Michael Jachula (Eds.)

Another publication from the cutting-edge Ludlow 38 gallery, this mini-survey of one of the most famous Polish artists and filmmakers of the neo-avant-garde movement presents a wealth of information on artist Józef Robakowski’s career in images, critical texts, historical documents and conversations. Working outside the official museum and gallery system to present politically critical works, Robakowski was extremely active in developing Poland’s independent film scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Accompanying his first solo US exhibition at Ludlow 38 and his retrospective at AKM Karlsruhe (2012), this publication covers a variety of the artist’s principal ideas and artistic collaborations. His transgressive use of diverse media—photography, video, film, paper works, mechanical picture production, expanded cinema, TV broadcast, installation, performance, etc.—incorporates both a meta-discourse about the guidelines of “reality” as well as a subjective perspective and continues to be reviewed in both an art and film context.

July 2015 / English / German & Polish
Harcover / 8 1/4 x 12 inches / 152 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940064-24-9 · Retail Price: $26.00