Among the artists featured in the exhibition is Josef Albers, a founding member of the Bauhaus. His 1974 print portfolio Mitred Squares will be on show, underscoring the artist’s role in innovative ideas in colour theory and his breath-taking dexterity with line.
The maze-like print Red Meaner I by Albers’ wife Anni, a textile and graphic designer, is also on display.
Other highlights include the work of Frank Stella, an icon in the field of minimal, linear works that have an almost industrial, sparse look.
The work of op-artist Bridget Riley, meanwhile, is perhaps less easy on the retina, though no less pleasing to the eye. Her monochrome 1965 work Untitled (La Lune en Rodage – Carlo Belloli) is featured in the show, as well as the more colourful 2011 print And, About, providing a beautiful but rather queasy viewing experience.
Alan Cristea Gallery says, ‘By virtue of its constituent processes, printmaking offers the possibility to create, manipulate and define a mark or colour in far greater depth and precision than almost any other medium.’
Linear Abstraction runs from 11 September – 5 October at the Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London W1S