During his residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Henry Taylor has accumulated found objects from both his home in Los Angeles and in Philadelphia—the latter through a partnership with RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency)—which he will incorporate into several assemblages, tapestries, and textiles created by FWM’s Studio. Taylor will spend the months leading up to the opening of his show, Nothing Change, Nothing Strange, working onsite with FWM to explore the possibility of bringing his painting and assemblage sculpture processes closer together. Taylor is experimenting with what it would be like to deconstruct a painting, conceptually reapproaching the medium for which he is best known. To do this, he is assembling, deconstructing, merging, and mending to create a new form of installation and a new avenue for his artistic process.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Wednesday, March 1
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About the Artist
American, born 1958, lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Henry Taylor’s imprint on the American cultural landscape comes from his disruption of tradition. While people figure prominently in Taylor’s work, he rejects the label of portraitist. Taylor’s chosen subjects are only one piece of the larger cultural narrative that they represent: his paintings reveal the forces at play, both individualistic and societal, that come to bear on his subject. His enigmatic works include portraits of psychiatric patients, historical figures, friends, and pop culture references, as seen in his Untitled (2021)—a rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s album cover for DAMN (2017). Taylor’s colorful, expressive work is characterized by their emotional intimacy and gestural looseness, following in the tradition of American artists such as Alice Neel and Jacob Lawrence. Born in 1958 in Oxnard, CA, his father was employed as a painter by the US Navy and it was seeing his brushes that partly inspired the young artist to take up the craft. Taylor went on to study art under James Jarvaise at Oxnard College, where he was introduced to the work of Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, and Jean Dubuffet. While working as a nurse at Camarillo State Mental Hospital for a decade, he returned to school and completed his BFA in 1995 at the California Institute for the Arts. Since then, he has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, MoMA PS1 in Queens, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2017, the artist was included in the Whitney Biennial. Today, Taylor’s works are held in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, among others.
Taylor is currently the subject of a thirty-year retrospective, Henry Taylor: B Side on view until April 30, 2023 at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York later this year.