previews

New York

“Thomas Bayrle: Playtime”

New Museum
235 Bowery
June 20 - September 2

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, and Helga Christoffersen

Given the prescience and range of Thomas Bayrle’s half-century-long career, it is astonishing that the German artist has never had a New York museum survey. This spring, the New Museum presents a comprehensive selection of Bayrle’s work, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, wallpapers, prints, early computer-based art, videos, and 16-mm films, as well as examples of his experiments in advertising, fashion, commercial display, and political activism. From his early “super-forms”—densely composed images in which he combined smaller units to build large-scale figurative works—to his recent sculptures created from automotive engines, Bayrle’s multi-decade explorations of consumption and political desire have never been more resonant. Accompanied by a catalogue with essays from scholars and curators including Mark Godfrey and Christine Mehring and an interview between Bayrle and curator Massimiliano Gioni, this show promises to make the work’s relevance—and its poetic depth—crystal clear.