Thomas Bayrle. VW Red. 1969

Thomas Bayrle VW Red 1969

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 412 The David Geffen Wing

In the 1960s, Bayrle developed a signature visual language of intricately patterned images. Drawing on his experience working in a weaving factory, he constructed tightly bound compositions, using images drawn from mass-media sources to create repeating rhythms. Exploring an optical play between figure and ground, Bayrle rendered his chosen icons—from a Volkswagen to film director Orson Welles—by tiling tiny pictures to generate both an overall pattern and a single image standing out against the background. This visual overload was a response to Germany’s exploding consumer culture in the 1960s and to the ease of reproducing images in the medium of screenprint. Bayrle was an important figure in German Pop art, and his work has been of great interest to the Museum. Due to the scarcity of available works, until recently the collection contained only one print by Bayrle (VW Red, 1969); in 2010, the artist made a group of impressions available to MoMA from his personal archive.

Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013.
Medium
Screenprint
Dimensions
composition and sheet: 22 7/8 x 32 1/2" (58.1 x 82.5 cm)
Publisher
Thomas Bayrle, Frankfurt
Printer
Thomas Bayrle, Frankfurt
Edition
25
Credit
Gertrud A. Mellon Fund
Object number
404.1970
Copyright
© 2021 Thomas Bayrle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Department
Drawings and Prints

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