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Tyree Guyton, Good Boy, 2016, house paint on canvas, 26 × 22". From the series “Faces of God,” 1989–.

Tyree Guyton, Good Boy, 2016, house paint on canvas, 26 × 22". From the series “Faces of God,” 1989–.

Tyree Guyton

Martos Gallery | New York

“Love, Sam,” Tyree Guyton’s solo exhibition at Martos Gallery, was titled in honor of the artist’s grandfather Sam Mackey. A housepainter by trade, he gave his grandson his first paintbrush when he was nine years old. Guyton, who is now sixty-four, would go on to study art at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies in 1980; six years later, he began painting candy-colored polka dots on the facade of Mackey’s house on Heidelberg Street in McDougall-Hunt, a predominantly black, working-class enclave on Detroit’s east side. This benignly eccentric act marked the beginning of the Heidelberg Project, an ever-changing, gleefully shambolic site-specific environment for which Guyton is best known. The sprawling work grew to encompass two residential blocks and is festooned with paintings, children’s toys, car parts, household appliances, and miscellaneous clutter.

Stippled with Guyton’s recursive

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