Bridget Riley wins Sikkens Prize 2012


Bridget Riley (GB, 1931) is the first female artist in the history of the Sikkens Prize to receive the award. This celebrated British artist will receive this prestigious colour prize for the way in which she has continued to use colour in her work in the past five decades. 

The purity, subtlety and precision of her use of colour have led to a sensational oeuvre from which a new generation of artists is drawing inspiration. At the same time she has demonstrated her ability to appeal to a broad public with her abstract work.

The prize will be presented in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague on 28 October 2012. The laudation will be delivered by John Elderfield, emeritus curator at large of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During the presentation of the award, the neuroscientist Dick Swaab will deliver the Mondrian Lecture 2012. The event will also mark the opening of an exhibition of work by Bridget Riley in the Gemeentemuseum, including as a highlight a mural almost 20 metres long and 4 metres high.