Keith Mayerson (*1966) is a contemporary painter and draftsman, known for his work encompassing portraits, historical and personal scenes, landscapes, and more. The exhibition at Weiss Berlin aims to draw attention to graphic art as the foundation of painting, forming connections between satire, caricature, and the moving form of the line and the brushstroke. Mayerson’s drawings and a retrospective of his early paintings are accompanied by drawings from the Weimar Republic by Otto Dix (1891-1969), August Wilhelm Dressler (1886-1970), Carl Grossberg (1894-1940), George Grosz(1893-1959), Karl Hermann Haupt (1904-1983), Otto Möller (1883-1964), Josef Scharl (1886-1954) and Paul Wieghart (1896-1969). Mayerson’s work was strongly influenced by the works of these artists, as well as by comics and the figurative painting of the 19th and 20th centuries – together they form a lovingly dark panorama of figures and emotions.
Since 1995, Mayerson has been a professor for fine art and cartooning in New York and California. He has exhibited widely and his work is featured in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.