5 of 18 portraits of Bridget Riley
by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1963
Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1565 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 133 Read entry
Riley studied at Goldsmiths' College of Art (1949-52) and the Royal College of Art (1952-5). A leading exponent of op art in Britain, Riley worked initially in black-and-white, introducing full colour in 1967. Riley's first solo exhibition was held at Gallery One in 1962 and in 1964 she was the only woman to be included in The New Generation at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. A series of overseas shows in 1964 further boosted her reputation and she won the International Prize for Painting at the 1968 Venice Biennale. Her meticulously executed paintings have powerful and subtle perceptual effects and express what Riley has termed 'the pleasures of sight'. Kar photographed Riley at her second exhibition at Gallery One, 16 North Audley Street, London in September 1963. This was the final show before Musgrave closed the Gallery.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Gallery One, 16 North Audley Street, London)
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Current affairsThe Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.
Art and scienceDoctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
InternationalJohn F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others.
Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.
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