Aubrey Mayer Biography
Aubrey Mayer (born 1985, New York) is a self-taught artist and photographer widely known for his intimate photo-portraits of artists at work. Over the past decade, Mayer has devoted his energy to photographing contemporary artists primarily in their studios, homes and at times in Mayer's own apartment. Through his photographs, Mayer captures the sheer physical energy of art making and moments of introspection, providing unique insights into the life, work and personalities of his subjects. Mayer’s work goes beyond documentary, highlighting the complex relationship between artist and photographer. While Mayer’s work originates in making photographic portraits of other contemporary artists, it resolves in the forms of books, prints, paintings, and installations. Mayer’s recent solo exhibitions include “Aubrey Mayer : 12-15-15 with Jamian Juliano Villani” FOUR AM, New York; “New Portraits, Contact Sheets, Books” at Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner’s Project Space, New York; White Columns, New York (curated by Matthew Higgs); Martos Gallery, New York (curated by Bob Nickas).
Recent group shows include “Oliver Twist. Part II” Rental Gallery, East Hampton; “A Scanner, Darkly” David Lewis Gallery, New York; “Stonescape” works from the collection of Norman and Nora Stone organized by Thea Westreich Art Advisory; NADA Art Fair with White Columns, Miami; The Independent Art Fair with White Columns, New York; “The Perpetual Dialogue,” Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (via selection of Matthew Higgs).
Mayer’s work is included in the permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York and Columbia University, New York.
In 2011, White Columns NYC published Mayer’s seminal book titled 6-17-10 A with Christopher Wool. The book includes 668 of Mayer's photographs documenting internationally renowned, American-born painter Christopher Wool making a painting from start to finish in his Marfa,Texas studio.