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Keith Mayerson, The Wizard of Oz Quintet, 2006, oil on linen, 48 x 80".

Keith Mayerson

Museum of Contemporary Art

Keith Mayerson, The Wizard of Oz Quintet, 2006, oil on linen, 48 x 80".

Disparate faces in the crowd—those of the Dalai Lama, Anne Frank, and LeBron James among them—peered out from the more than 140 paintings dating from the late ’90s to the present that filled the walls of “My American Dream,” the first solo museum exhibition of Los Angeles–based artist Keith Mayerson. Mayerson’s compositions, which appropriate images from found photographs, films, and comic books, as well as document personal events from the artist’s own life, might be aptly described as “faux folk” for their familiar, pop subject matter and naive approaches to naturalism and figuration.

These characteristics manifested most appealingly in Mayerson’s depictions of nonhuman subjects, such as Moving Right Along,2014, which retools the famous image from The Muppet Movie (1979) of Kermit the Frog riding a bicycle apparently unassisted by a puppeteer. The artist’s careful

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