Published by David Zwirner Books. Text by John Yau. Interview with Stanley Whitney and Billy Sullivan by Mimi Thompson.
Al Taylor (1948–99) began his studio practice as a painter and although he is more widely known for the three-dimensional works he started making in 1985, throughout his career, regardless of the medium, Taylor’s oeuvre was fundamentally grounded in the formal concerns of painting. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at David Zwirner in spring 2017, this is the first book to focus exclusively on the artist’s works on canvas. Featuring a selection of 26 rarely seen paintings created between 1971 and 1980 that embody the subtleties of reduction and restraint, they nonetheless have hints of the idiosyncratic playfulness that would come to characterize Taylor’s later works. New scholarship by poet and art critic John Yau examines the visual relationships that connect Taylor’s paintings, drawings and sculptural objects, and a conversation conducted by Mimi Thompson between painters Stanley Whitney and Billy Sullivan—all of whom knew Taylor well—provides insight into his reputation as an “artist’s artist.”
Published by David Zwirner Books/Steidl. Text by Mimi Thompson.
Having begun his studio practice as a painter and draftsman, in 1985 Al Taylor (1948-99) devised a uniquely innovative approach to process and materials that enveloped drawings and three-dimensional objects as he created compositions that were grounded in the formal concerns of painting. This catalogue presents a comprehensive examination of Taylor's Pet Stains and Puddles, which encompass a large grouping of interconnected series that were created between 1989 and 1992; as well as works from Taylor's later series Full Gospel Neckless that the artist made in Denmark for his 1997 solo exhibition at Galleri Tommy Lund. The objects and drawings that comprise these series demonstrate Taylor's relentless curiosity about the process of seeing. This fully illustrated publication features new scholarship on Taylor's work by Mimi Thompson.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Michael Semff. Text by Debbie Taylor.
The delicate Postminimalist sculptures and drawings of the American artist Al Taylor (1948–1999) were for a long time better known in Europe than in the U.S., despite Taylor’s residing in New York. Laboring quietly from the mid-1980s until his premature death from cancer at the age of 51, Taylor made abstract drawings and sculptures derived from found materials that refresh both abstraction and Postminimalism with their gentle humor and lightness of touch. Working in a decade that favored less discreet gestures, Taylor never loomed large in the New York art world’s consciousness (despite his brief tenure as a studio assistant to Robert Rauschenberg). Alongside an increasing number of exhibitions, this publication helps to remedy that oversight, providing a catalogue raisonné of Taylor’s graphic works, thereby retrieving a previously little-known aspect of his oeuvre. Aside from the published prints, it also reproduces all of the artist’s proofs and variants, which often differ significantly from the final versions.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Essay by Michael Semff.
The playful ease and subtle humor of Al Taylor's drawings made him an artist's artist par excellence. When he died of lung cancer at age 51 in 1999, he left a large body of work--of the constructions he thought of as three- dimensional drawings, made of broomsticks and wires and tin cans and linoleum and other clean-lined debris, with which he "drew" in the air; and then piles upon piles of drawings themselves, of which Charles Yoder has written that they are "softly nuanced, surely handled and ever changing." The illustrations here offer highlights from both his estate and private collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, as well as a few sculptural works.
Published by Gagosian Gallery. Edited by Jennifer Loh and Debbie Taylor. Essay by Klaus Kertess.
Walking the beaches of Hawaii in 1998, Al Taylor found pieces of styrofoam debris, "floaters" used to mark fishermen's nets. Turning away from painting, he began drilling holes into the sides of these objects and joining them to bamboo sticks. These objects, often accompanied by drawings, recall outrigger canoes and stand as metaphors for Polynesian culture.
PUBLISHER GAGOSIAN GALLERY
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 10.5 x 9.5 in. / 56 pgs / 34 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS PUB DATE 7/2/2002 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. EXCLUSIVE CATALOG: FALL 2002
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781880154694TRADE LIST PRICE: $20.00 CDN $25.00
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