Henry Taylor (born in Ventura, California, 1958) received his bachelor of arts from California Institute of the Arts and has had solo exhibitions at MOMA PS1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Made in LA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL and North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.
Text courtesy Blum & Poe.
In advance of Henry Taylor's exhibition at Blum and Poe, the artist met Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center, at the Drawing Center on Wooster Street in Soho for a conversation. What follows is a condensed version of that discussion, which ranges from Taylor's childhood, to the importance of drawing in his practice, and how he...
I'm sitting in the artist Henry Taylor's driveway in early summer, watching him rough out a portrait in his home garage-slash-studio. He works quickly, applying pink to large areas of the canvas, then counterbalancing with generous slathers of a lush green, pausing only occasionally to search for the next song on his iPhone.
If anyone were still in any doubt as to the continuing power of print media, they need look no further than the Jay-Z interview carried in the New York Times at the end of last year.
Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor, who is known for bold portraits that depict figures from every strata of society, be they homeless or art world habitués, will produce a new large-scale mural for the High Line park in New York City.
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