• Billy Apple®, Motion Picture Meets the Apple (detail), 1963, offset lithograph, 23 1/8 × 18 1/8".

    “Billy Apple®: The Artist has to Live Like Everybody Else”

    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
    Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
    March 14–June 21, 2015

    Curated by Christina Barton

    In 1962, the young New Zealand–born artist Barrie Bates bleached his hair and eyebrows in his London flat and changed his name to Billy Apple®. In the ensuing decades, Apple moved from London to New York and then back to his home country, making significant contributions to the development of Pop and Conceptualism along the way. His work can’t be neatly subsumed by these rubrics, however. For more than half a century, Apple’s interdisciplinary practice has explored the creative potential of advertising, science, and technology—from his early work with Xerox, neon, and lasers to his recent utilization of genetic mapping. This survey of more than 150 works has the potential to secure Apple’s legacy as a pioneering figure of late-twentieth-century art.