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DelMonico Books/The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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Clth, 9 x 11 in. / 240 pgs / 191 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2022 p. 7   

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ISBN 9781636810560 TRADE
List Price: $60.00 CDN $80.00 GBP £50.00

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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 11/06/22–04/30/23

New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, 10/04/23–01/28/24

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DELMONICO BOOKS/THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

Henry Taylor: B Side

Edited by Bennett Simpson. Foreword by Johanna Burton. Text by Wanda Coleman, Karon Davis, Charles Gaines, Harmony Holiday, Bob Kaufman, Walter Price, Bennett Simpson, Frances Stark. Conversation with Henry Taylor, Hamza Walker.

Henry Taylor: B Side

The official catalog accompanying the major retrospective at MoCA LA: Henry Taylor creates a grand pageant of contemporary Black life in America

Surveying 30 years of Henry Taylor’s work in painting, sculpture and installation, this comprehensive monograph celebrates a Los Angeles artist widely appreciated for his unique aesthetic, social vision and freewheeling experimentation. Taylor’s portraits and allegorical tableaux—populated by friends, family members, strangers on the street, athletic stars and entertainers—display flashes of familiarity in their seemingly brash compositions, which nonetheless linger in the imagination with uncanny detail. In his paintings on cigarette packs, cereal boxes and other found supports, Taylor brings his primary medium into the realm of common culture. Similarly, the artist’s installations often recode the forms and symbolisms of found materials (bleach bottles, push brooms) to play upon art historical tropes and modernism’s appropriations of African or African American culture. Taken together, the various strands of Taylor’s practice display a deep observation of Black life in America at the turn of the century, while also inviting a humanist fellowship that pushes outward from the particular.
Raised in Oxnard, California, Henry Taylor (born 1958) took art classes at Oxnard College in the 1980s and studied under James Jarvaise, who became a mentor. From 1984 through 1995 Henry Taylor worked as a psychiatric technician at Camarillo State Mental Hospital (a facility that is now California State University Channel Islands) while concurrently attending the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1995. Taylor has had institutional solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


'Gettin it Done' (2016) is reproduced from 'Henry Taylor: B Side.' © Henry Taylor. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Times

Robin Pogrebin

Henry Taylor: B Side,’ captures the sweep of Taylor’s career thus far, featuring more than 150 pieces that include drawings and — for the first time in any meaningful way — sculpture, as well as what he calls “painted objects” on small cigarette packs, cereal boxes and beer crates. […] Even his older work has a timelessness that makes it feel contemporary.

Los Angeles Times

Christopher Knight

Taylor’s scenes of everyday life perform what might be called stop-motion image-making...The picture sticks in your brain, while your body responds to the painterly scene.

Hyperallergic

Albert Mobilio

Ever alert to social contradictions, embedded histories, and the gap between public propaganda and private experience, Taylor often graces his subjects with a deliberate equanimity, suggesting only by inference a narrative of quiet, enduring resistance.

Henry Taylor: B Side

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2022

Museum Store of the Month: MOCA Store

Museum Store of the Month: MOCA Store

Attention museum and museum store lovers of the west coast! The MOCA Store (at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles) is our official Museum Store of the Month. And let us tell you, this store has got it ALL!
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/19/2022

Museum Store of the Month: MOCA Store

Museum Store of the Month: MOCA Store

Attention museum and museum store lovers of the west coast! The MOCA Store (at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles) is our official Museum Store of the Month. And let us tell you, this store has got it ALL!
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/6/2022

Comprehensive, long-overdue retrospective of Henry Taylor opens at MOCA LA

Comprehensive, long-overdue retrospective of Henry Taylor opens at MOCA LA

Untitled (2022) is reproduced from new release Henry Taylor: B Side, published to accompany the largest exhibition of the Los Angeles artist's work to date, and his first hometown retrospective ever. "Henry Taylor and his work are many things to many audiences," curator Bennett Simpson writes: "prolific, spontaneous, extroverted, big-hearted, heroic, occasionally melancholy, raw and fast, observant and witty. He is an artist of adjectives, slants of meaning that cannot help but append to his abiding subject, which is people. Taylor is a painter of people almost exclusively, and as such, he is a storyteller—indeed, he is one of the preeminent storytellers in contemporary art. … In works that deal in scenes from current events or that construct biting allegories of racial injustice, he extends a long tradition of modern history painting to new subjects and audiences. His representation of the diversity of Black experience, as he has lived and absorbed it over several decades of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, is both affirming and dizzying, and it has been highly influential on younger generations."

Henry Taylor, Untitled, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 x 30 in. Image and work © Henry Taylor, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Jeff McLane.

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HENRY TAYLOR MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Henry Taylor: B Side

HENRY TAYLOR: B SIDE

DELMONICO BOOKS/THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

ISBN: 9781636810560
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Pub Date: 11/1/2022
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