Posts Tagged ‘Keith Mayerson’

Faculty Updates

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Keith Mayerson, Elise Engler, Elizabeth Sayles, and Steve Brodner!

Studying Keith Mayerson's painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Studying a Keith Mayerson painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson opened My American Dream, a solo show and retrospective at Marlborough Chelsea! Like a bride’s attire, the show combines “Something old, something new, something borrowed!” Keith’s new paintings mix with “vintage” work dating back to 1997 – including paintings borrowed back from private collections and museums! It’s a museum-level show for a museum-level artist.

 

Keith Mayerson, "My American Dream" at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson, “My American Dream” at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson and friends

Keith Mayerson and friends

Elise Engler opened A Year on Broadway at Robert Henry Contemporary in Bushwick! The show collects prints of drawings she made of every block of Broadway in Manhattan – as reported in The New Yorker!

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From "A Year on Broadway" by Elise Engler

From “A Year on Broadway” by Elise Engler

Elizabeth Sayles shares images and insights in a feature and interview at Kathleen Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog! The interview is rich with images and candid discussion about Elizabeth’s work.

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Finally, Steve Brodner will participate in POW! Mighty Art that Takes No Prisoners, a panel discussion about art and politics.  Details here.

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

Faculty Updates

Monday, October 12th, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to?  We have some major updates from Keith Mayerson, Jason Stopa, and Viktor Koen!

First, open up Artforum to see the full-page ad for Keith Mayerson’s upcoming solo show at Marlborough Chelsea! This will be Keith’s first solo outing since his breakthrough appearance in America is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum. The ad seems to express that Keith will pursue his signature salon-style density, which was highly successful in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Keith Mayerson ad in Artforum

Keith Mayerson ad in Artforum

Also, Jason Stopa has two upcoming shows! The New New is a group show at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles.  And in November, Any Given Sunday opens at University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center Gallery.

Painting by Jason Stopa

Finally, Viktor Koen has published yet another illustration for OnCampus Magazine.  Prolific and productive, Viktor shares insights and updates on his Tumblr and Instagram pages.

Viktor Koen illustration for OnCampus Magazine

Viktor Koen illustration for OnCampus Magazine

 

Course of Empire

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Keith Mayerson, longtime SVACE faculty member, is included in America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art.  Keith’s historical paintings are finally getting the historical stature they deserve, after his inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, several solo shows, and his ambitious curatorial efforts, such as this and this.

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Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007

 

Keith’s powerful 2007 painting, 9/11, is shocking.  Every 9/11 image is chilling, but 9/11 pinpoints the exact moment where history derailed.  Of the images available, Keith could have chosen the first plane, the fiery impact, or the dramatic collapse of our Twin Towers.  Instead, he focuses on the approach of the second plane, the flash of a moment where our abeyant incomprehension switched over to recognition.  That is, after the first plane struck at 8:46 am, many of us were confused:  What kind of plane was that?  Was it an accident? What just happened? But when the second plane struck at 9:03 am, confusion vanished.  It was an attack.  People had died. More attacks were plausible.  Our presumptive safety in the world was gone.

The rest is history.

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Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007 (IMAGE: Tom Powell Imaging)

Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney, describes the place of 9/11 in the exhibition:

“Keith’s 2007 painting, 9/11, is in a section of the show called Course of Empire.  There’s a Mark Bradford painting related to Hurricane Katrina, an Ed Ruscha painting about the decline of America’s global dominance, and Aleksandra Mir drawings that depict Osama bin Laden as their subject matter.  Course of Empire explores the post-9/11, post-Katrina, post-financial collapse years: gloomy times in America.”

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Installation shot of “America is Hard to See” at the Whitney (IMAGE: Keith Mayerson)

 

“Keith’s painting makes an explicit reference to these subjects, and it gels with other Course of Empire works, which take different angles.  Consequently, 9/11 is a great summation of that room, while representing a type of history painting.”

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Installation shot of “America is Hard to See” at the Whitney (IMAGE: Keith Mayerson)

 

Regarding the personal and communal functions of 9/11, Keith writes:

“The 9-11 painting was a watershed work for me.  Although I didn’t personally take the photograph it is based upon, I did witness the event.  I used the image as a talisman for my own memories and deep feelings towards that day, the victims that were lost, and how the world changed because of the sublime atrocities of that day (and the subsequent travails we are still living through and with because of everything the event stands for and is surrounded by). ”

“I painted the picture because I ‘had to,’ to relieve myself of the anxieties of my nightmares and fears, and also because I finally wanted to bring the honesty of expression that I have strived for since the beginning of my career to the forefront.  I’m glad to have been able to express myself in this manner, and also grateful for the reaction of people who have been moved by the work, as I feel I am relating with them our shared experience and feelings, while also being able to bring to an oil painting an historical event of our contemporary times.  I hope it helps others remember this day and everything that it conveys symbolically and emotionally, and I truly hope it honors those who were lost and affected by one of the most tragically important mornings in our nation’s history.”

“It was my hope that a museum in New York City would acquire the work, as I didn’t want it to go to a personal collection, and that it would be safely in a museum in the city that was directly affected by the events of that morning.  I am very honored that the Whitney Museum of American Art would want to have this painting in their permanent collection.  That they would choose to exhibit it in the Course of Empire chapter of America is Hard to See, their inaugural exhibition, is most moving to me.”

 

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Keith Mayerson, “9/11,” 2007, detail (IMAGE: Tom Powell Imaging)

Easy to See

Monday, April 13th, 2015

See Keith Mayerson, SVACE faculty member, in America is Hard to See, the inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art!

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The new Whitney Museum of American Art opens May 1st!

 

Yes, Icon

Friday, January 9th, 2015

SVACE faculty superstar Keith Mayerson opens Iconscapes, a solo exhibition at Freddy Gallery in Baltimore this! Freddy was founded by artist and blogger Joshua Abelow.  See Iconscapes images at Keith Mayerson’s website and read more about their 1990s predecessors here.

 

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Keith Mayerson, “Large Iconscape,” 2012