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Visual Arts: Here's one in your eye

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She's a dedicated follower of abstraction

Bridget Riley's most comprehensive retrospective for 25 years opened in the Lake District on Tuesday. From her zany Sixties Op Art designs to her more recent colour-stripe paintings, Riley has remained a steadfast advocate of abstraction. Forty of her eye-bogglingly hypnotic canvases now fill Abbot Hall gallery in Kendal, which is a surprisingly sympathetic venue for her work, as she has a particular love of the natural world. The gallery, chosen as the show's venue by Riley, has previously attracted such artistic heavyweights as the figurative painters Lucian Freud and David Hockney; now Riley has filled the galleries with abstract colour and light. She talked to David Thompson about continuing to be an abstract painter, in a world increasingly dominated by new media.

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In the Sixties, when his buildings rose, brutally dominating the London skyline, few had a good word for the works of Colonel Richard Seifert. Least of all architects, aesthetes and style leaders. But, says Nonie Niesewand, perhaps his style moment has come.

Bridget Riley would avert her eyes and hurry past the Tate shop. She hates the `vulgar plagiarism of art'...

When you've seen the paintings in the "Mondrian: Nature to Abstraction" exhibition at the Tate, buy the T-shirt, headscarf, cigarette lighter, coffee mug and clock in the shop that sells the catalogue, posters and postcards. But you won't be able to buy the Mondrian socks with bars of bright colour all over them. Celia Clear, who stocks the shop, put her foot down when it came to his socks: "You can't have people walking all over Mondrian." What is startling about tat in the Tate is that it all comes from the artists' estates, manufactured under licence. Today, major art exhibitions come with a lot of products carrying the artist's name, legitimately, and it is up to the gallery shop owner to draw the line. Celia Clear refused the Cezanne beachball and baby romper suit but she did buy the fridge magnets.

Arts: On the right wavelength?

A collaborative project in west Cornwall has brought together a number of artists to respond to the theme of 'light'. But how relevant is it to the history of the area, asks Richard Ingleby
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