October 19, 2017

New Solo Exhibitions by Octogenarian Artists Thomas Bayrle and Mary Obering

Mary Obering’s SoHo apartment, featuring her various abstract works. Photography courtesy of Mary Obering.

Age is a state of mind. Turning 80 this year is clearly not a deterrent for Thomas Bayrle or Mary Obering, two artists who are having exhibitions. “If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer” at Vienna’s Österreich­isches Museum für Angewandte Kunst/Gegen­wartskunst, aka the MAK, through April 2, gathers Bayrle’s graphic works in various media. A cardboard relief, for example, features a roadway twisted into a dollar sign, with dozens of miniature plastic cars zipping along. Opening at the New York gallery Marisa Newman Projects on November 16, “Selected Works 1983­1987” focuses on Obering’s luminous abstracts, which revive the age-old method of egg tempera and gesso on panels with gold leaf, as seen in a bull’s-eye composition and several works photographed in her SoHo apartment.

Bayrle’s cardboard relief of a roadway twisted into a dollar sign. Photography by Wolfgang Günzel/Bildrecht.
A painting of a busy roadway. Photography by Wolfgang Günzel/Bildrecht.
Obering uses egg tempera and gesso on panels with gold-leaf, as seen on this bull’s-eye composition. Photography courtesy of Mary Obering.
The exhibit showcases abstract pieces in various media. Photography by Wolfgang Günzel/Bildrecht.

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