“Keith Mayerson: My American Dream”

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Keith Mayerson, Abraham Lincoln, 2013
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Keith Mayerson, Andrew and I, 2013-14
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Keith Mayerson, Flag, 2010
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Keith Mayerson, JFK / Stars and Stripes Forever, 2006
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Keith Mayerson, New Year’s Eve Empire, 2014
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Keith Mayerson, Rubber Soul (John Looking Up), 2003
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Keith Mayerson, Sitting Bull, 2013
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Keith Mayerson, View from the Whitney on Opening Night, Wednesday 4/22/15, 2015

The artist supersizes his quirky, sleeper-hit installation for last year’s Whitney Biennial, My American Dream, with 150 canvases hung floor-to-ceiling. They span a quarter century, making this a quasi-retrospective, though Keith Mayerson paints in so many styles that the exhibit could pass for a group show.

The subjects range from concentric, targetlike abstractions to images from family photos. Mayerson designates each wall as one “act” of an optimistic gay fantasia on national themes.

 The precise story, however, remains opaque. The hermetic, idiosyncratic nature of Mayerson’s subject matter and paint-handling suggest affinities with artists outside the mainstream, such as Louis Eilshemius or Bob Thompson. Even his most photorealistic paintings—a series of Manhattan vistas and hallucinatory Southern California landscapes under roiling skies—testify to the animistic intensity driving this show.

By: Joseph R. Wolin

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