press release

Thomas Bayrle: Playtime
20.06.2018 - 02.09.2018

Thomas Bayrle: Playtime is the first New York museum survey by the groundbreaking German artist. The exhibition will bring together works from the last fifty years, highlighting Bayrle’s experiments across media and his commentary on the relationships between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire. Long before the advent of current visual technologies, he foresaw our digital reality, employing photocopy machines and other midcentury tools to create analog visualizations of contemporary digital culture. The exhibition will present selections from Bayrle’s most iconic series, including several of his rarely exhibited “painted machines” from the 1960s, as well as a wide selection of his silkscreen prints, sculptures, drawings, wallpaper, early computer-based art, videos, and films.

The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director; Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator; and Helga Christoffersen, Associate Curator.