Henry Taylor

Carnegie International: Sarah Lucas, Henry Taylor

October 21st, 2013 in Events, Exhibitions No Comments


Henry Taylor

Artists: Sarah Lucas, Henry Taylor

Venue: The 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Curated by: Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski

Date: October 5, 2013 – March 16, 2014

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“Blues for Smoke” at Whitney Museum

April 22nd, 2013 in Exhibitions No Comments


Artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Gregg Bordowitz, Mark Bradford, Edward Clark, Roy DeCarava, Beauford Delaney, Jeff Donaldson, Stan Douglas, Jimmie Durham, Melvin Edwards, William Eggleston, Charles Gaines, Renée Green, David Hammons, Kira Lynn Harris, Rachel Harrison, Barkley L. Hendricks, Leslie Hewitt, Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Liz Larner, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Dave McKenzie, Rodney McMillian, Mark Morrisroe, Matt Mullican, Senga Nengudi, Kori Newkirk, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge, William Pope.L, Jeff Preiss, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Henry Taylor, Alma W. Thomas, Bob Thompson, Wu Tsang, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, William Thomas Williams, Martin Wong 

Venue: Whitney Museum, New York

Exhibition Title: Blues for Smoke

Date: February 7 – April 28, 2013

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Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe

March 22nd, 2013 in Exhibitions No Comments


Artist: Henry Taylor

Venue: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Date: February 23 – March 30, 2013

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Henry Taylor at UNTITLED

April 18th, 2012 in Exhibitions No Comments


Artist: Henry Taylor

Venue: UNTITLED, New York

Exhibition Title: March Forth

Date: March 4 –April 22, 2012

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Images courtesy of UNTITLED, New York. 

Press Release:

UNTITLED is ferocious to present a new solo show of work by Henry Taylor.

Remarkably prolific, Taylor began painting seriously at the California state hospital where he worked as a psychiatric nurse for ten years. While still in school, he developed a style that was both understated and nuanced and began working, more or less, compulsively, painting people he’d find on the street and becoming a fixture in downtown LA. Since then, his studio has had a fairly constant flow of friends, neighbors and strangers, all sitting for portraits.

For his show at the gallery, Henry will install an African hut, a large-scale sculpture built in part from the miscellany stashed in his studio and inspired by a recent trip to Ethiopia. The piece is a hodgepodge of random and found objects ranging from clusters of Chinese brooms, a disrobed mannequin, and a taxidermied hyena. Made in the same spontaneous spirit as his paintings, the hut is a kind of carefully curated randomness, both a departure and expansion of his style.

The exhibition highlights Henry’s recent movement beyond canvases, building upon his “African Jungle” made of broom sticks, painted detergent bottles and old furniture (with a few paintings buried inside as well) first shown at LA’s Blum & Poe gallery and currently on view at MoMA PS1, as part as the artist’s mid-career retrospective. Above all, the new work is a strange social space (its main structure can fit about eight full-grown adults inside), a kind of extension of Henry’s studio that speaks volumes about its creator. It is calculated chaos, simultaneously jarring and welcoming.

Henry Taylor (born 1958, Oxnard, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles) studied painting at California Institute of Arts. He was included in 30 Americans, a survey of the most important African American artists of the last three decades organized by the Rubell Family Collection and recently on view at the Corcoran Museum of Arts in Washington DC.  He has had solo shows in LA at Sister, Blum & Poe and Mesler & Hug and, in New York, at Rental Gallery, the Studio Museum in Harlem and, most recently, MoMA PS1.

Link: Henry Taylor at UNTITLED 


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Henry Taylor at MoMA PS1

April 18th, 2012 in Exhibitions No Comments


Artist: Henry Taylor

Venue: MoMA PS1, Long Island

Date: January 29 – April 9, 2012

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