Sunday, June 24
Fogo Island Inn
Frankfurt-based artist Thomas Bayrle is celebrated internationally for his multimedia works spanning mediums and movements including Pop, Op, and conceptual art, and for his influence on multiple generations of artists. In conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen, Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts, the artist will discuss his current retrospective at the New Museum in New York, as well as consumerism, politics, and the seductions of technology as intersecting themes in his work.
Thomas Bayrle (1937, Berlin) is currently artist-in-residence with Fogo Island Arts. His humorous and satirical multimedia works are characterized by “super-forms,” large images composed of repetitive smaller cell-like patterns. His work is influenced by his experience of growing up in post-Nazi Germany, where he trained and worked as an industrial weaver. Other major influences include the Frankfurt School of political and aesthetic theory and his collaborations on corporate identities with international corporations. Bayrle has had countless solo exhibitions, including at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Madre Museum, Naples; WIELS, Brussels; and Museum of Modern Art and Portikus, Frankfurt. Recent major group exhibitions include: The Great Mother (2015), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; The World Goes Pop (2015-16), Tate Modern, London; Heaven (2009), 2nd Athens Biennial; Making Worlds (2009), 53rd Venice Biennale; 2008 Sydney Biennial; as well as dOCUMENTA 3 (1964), 6 (1977), and 13 (2012). In 2012, he was awarded the Arnold Bode Prize and was also commissioned by Frieze London to create installations for the fair’s public spaces.