Henry Taylor ”Here and There“

Blum & Poe

poster for Henry Taylor ”Here and There“
[Image: © Henry Taylor, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo]

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An exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, and his first presentation in Japan.

Although often initiated by spontaneous encounters and intuitive connections with his sitters, Taylor’s portraits carry a visual lexicon that he has developed over decades. He paints the individuals who surround him – friends, family, acquaintances – as well as notable figures of the African American community – musicians, activists, athletes. Sometimes painful chapters of Taylor’s past are hidden or alluded to in symbols and signifiers, other times he employs unmistakable imagery that speaks to the facets of systemic oppression that affect black life today and previously. His work articulates a certain empathy with and understanding of his subjects, these representations always imbued with dignity.

This new suite of paintings was created during Taylor’s travels over the past year through Lisbon, Tangiers, Accra, Antiparos, Paris, Guadalajara, and Havana. Self-portraits, domestic interiors, street scenes, and landscapes portray the figures and scenarios that Taylor encountered, a chronicle of his expeditions and of his roving community. The first major monograph covering Taylor’s life and work will be released this fall 2018, published by Blum & Poe and Rizzoli Electa, featuring contributions by Hilton Als, Charles Gaines, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Sarah Lewis, and Zadie Smith.

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from March 24, 2018 to May 19, 2018

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Henry Taylor

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