2020 TAG Limited Art Edition
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Homage to America’s Doctor, Anthony S. Fauci
Giclée print signed by the artist
print: dimensions 12.375 x12.375 inches (31.4325 x 31.4325 cm)
edition of 100 + 21 A/P
editions 11-21 A/P for sale
courtesy of the artist
valued at $200
Keith Mayerson (b. 1966) has professionally exhibited his art in galleries and museums since 1993. His exhibitions are often installations of images that create larger narratives. Each work is imbued with allegorical content that relates to the world yet allows through its formal nuances for the transcendent and sublime. The works stand on their own for form and content, but like a prose poem of images on walls, experienced in context the images as a series, the viewer creates the ultimate meaning for the installations.
Keith Mayerson was a Semiotics and Studio Art Major at Brown University where he received his BA in 1988. In 1993, he earned his MFA from the University of California Irvine, and is now Professor of Art at the University of Southern California and Chair of Painting and Drawing. Keith Mayerson’s work is featured in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art, The Davis Museum of Art of Wellesley College, MA, American University Museum, Washington, D.C., the RISD Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. His graphic novel Horror Hospital Unplugged, a collaboration with the writer Dennis Cooper, is well known among graphic artists. A graphic novel biography of James Dean is forthcoming, to be published by Fantagraphics. Mayerson’s work was prominently featured in the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art with a solo show My American Dream, the Whitney Biennial, and the Whitney Museum’s inaugural show, America is Hard to See.
30th anniversary vinyl album re-issue of the 1990 double LP Red Hot + Blue
Red Hot is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through pop culture. Its mission is to raise awareness and money around the AIDS crisis and related health issues. It was started in 1990 by Leigh Blake and John Carlin with the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, which raised millions of dollars, helped reduce the stigma around AIDS at the time and supported organizations and efforts such as ACT UP and TAG, which took a stand and made the world pay attention and develop medication that let people with AIDS survive.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1990 double LP Red Hot + Blue, Red Hot is releasing a special vinyl album. Featuring music, art, fashion and film from David Byrne, Neneh Cherry, Erasure, Jean Paul Gaultier, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Annie Lennox, k.d. lang, U2, Tom Waits and dozens more paying tribute to the songs of Cole Porter, the project set the precedent for cultural social activism.
The debut album raised awareness, reduced stigma, changed public behavior and benefited the LGBTQ community and other affected groups like never before. Red Hot + Blue sold over a million copies, led to a radical TV special seen around the world, launched a BBC documentary, and since then, both the non-profit and its co-founder John Carlin have spent the past three decades continuing to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic through the power of pop culture, rallying the most influential artists of – or ahead of – the current moment.
Tote Bag Featuring Image and Remarks by David Wojnarowicz
Remarks by David Wojnarowicz reading from his work in 1992 at the Drawing Center as a benefit for Needle Exchange.
David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992) was an acclaimed artist and AIDS activist. “Beginning in the late 1970s, Wojnarowicz created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation. Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures—a feeling amplified by the resurgence of conservative politics—he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.
Wojnarowicz saw the outsider as his true subject. Queer and later diagnosed as HIV-positive, he became an impassioned advocate for people with AIDS when an inconceivable number of friends, lovers, and strangers were dying due to government inaction. Wojnarowicz’s work documents and illuminates a desperate period of American history: that of the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But his rightful place is also among the raging and haunting iconoclastic voices, from Walt Whitman to William S. Burroughs, who explore American myths, their perpetuation, their repercussions, and their violence. Like theirs, his work deals directly with the timeless subjects of sex, spirituality, love, and loss. Wojnarowicz, who was thirty-seven when he died from AIDS-related complications, wrote: ‘To make the private into something public is an action that has terrific ramifications.’
Bio courtesy of The Whitney
Long-sleeved tee-shirt featuring imagery by Jenny Holzer’s Truism: In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy.
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950) “For more than forty years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She lives and works in New York.”
Bio courtesy of www.jennyholzer.com