Renowned painter and HIV activist Keith Mayerson pays tribute to Dr Anthony Fauci with new portrait
The nation’s top coronavirus expert made headlines in sports when he wore a mask emblazoned with the logos of his favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, to testify before a Senate Health Committee hearing, the education, work and pensions on June 30.
Celebrated for portraying the ‘American Dream’ through images of high profile figures such as Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, Superman and Marvin Gaye, artist and HIV activist Keith Mayerson chose this super masked character. -fan of Nats to create a portrait called Tribute to American doctor Anthony S. Fauci.
Born in Brooklyn in 1940, Fauci played baseball in the city’s sand courts and went on to captain the Regis High School basketball team. He quit playing ball when he began studying classics, philosophy, and pre-medicine at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, but he never gave up being a fan.
Since his appointment as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984, Fauci has advised six presidents on national and global health issues, including HIV / AIDS, SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19.
Fauci has never let right-wing critics and controversy downplay his goal of saving lives, even though the face mask is now as politicized as condoms were during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
“Maybe 50 percent of you hate me because you think I’m trying to destroy the country, but listen to me for about six weeks, and do as I say, and you’ll see the numbers go down.” , Fauci said last. months, after warning that as many as 400,000 people could die from coronavirus in the United States.
Red Hot, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture, is donating one of 100 signed limited edition giclée copies of Mayerson’s portrait to the first 100 donors of $ 250 or more. Giclée is a neologism coined in 1991 by engraver Jack Duganne for digital art prints made on inkjet printers.
The first 100 donors of $ 250 or more will also receive a 30th anniversary vinyl reissue of a Cole Porter tribute album. Warm red + blue; a tote bag and t-shirt with images of David Wojnarowicz, the late Polish-American visual artist and multimedia performer and AIDS activist who rose to fame in the East Village art scene; as well as a shirt with a Jenny Holzer Truism.
The album features an eclectic lineup of covers of Porter by a wide range of musicians, including: Neneh Cherry; The Neville brothers; Sinéad O’Connor; Salif Keita; Fine Young Cannibals, a duet with Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl; David Byrne; Tom Waits; Annie Lennox; U2; Les Negresses Vertes; kd Lang; Thompson Twins; Erasure; Jungle Brothers; Lisa Stansfield; Jimmy Somerville; Jody Watley; and Aztec camera.
The black long sleeve shirt is printed in white capital letters with Holzer Truism: in a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of Joy. Holzer’s Truisms are original, postcard-sized messages printed on wood, found in museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
On November 19, Red Hot, in collaboration with Treatment Action Group (TAG), will unveil Mayerson commissioned portrait during its first virtual prize, Research in Action. Register now for the free event.