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Henry Taylor

Photo: Fredrik Nilsen <br>© Henry Taylor

Photo: Fredrik Nilsen
© Henry Taylor

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. The end result is not a mere idealized image, but a complete narrative of a person and his history. Taylor explains this pursuit of representational truth: ‘It’s about respect, because I respect these people. It’s a two-dimensional surface, but they are really three-dimensional beings.’[1]

Taylor is voracious and eclectic in his sourcing of subjects. This ‘hunting and gathering,’[2] as he defines it in his own words, is above all, an active process—one in which Taylor often mines his own history and experiences. In his studio, newspaper clippings and historical photographs of civil rights figures sit alongside his own snapshots of people both strange and familiar to him. This library of images, in turn, is surrounded by a collection of disparate objects that Taylor amasses from estate sales, his travels abroad, and local flea markets. Scattered across the studio spaces are infinite piles of historical tomes and artist’s monographs. All of these objects and visual documents eventually feature both in his paintings and as building blocks for totemic sculpture. But Taylor’s choice of painterly subject—from memory and archival materials, to the live sitter—is firmly dependent upon his sense of connection driven by empathy. His sumptuous depictions, painted rapidly and loosely, capture his subject’s nuances and mood with gestures and passages of flat, saturated acrylic color offset by areas of rich and intricate detail. The intensity with which he paints is reflected by his brushwork: a network of kinetic strokes that seek to capture a feeling before it flees. Taylor’s subjects, which range from members of the black community to symbolic objects representative of historical struggle, span the breadth of the human condition; each work is a holistic visual biography and permanent record of a person or people’s history.

Born in 1958 in Ventura, California, the youngest of eight children, Taylor’s initial exposure to the medium of painting came from his father, who was a commercial painter employed by the U.S. Government at a naval air station. In junior high school, Taylor began to vigorously absorb the tenets of major art historical movements spanning the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. Taylor later studied at Oxnard College, where he studied Journalism, Anthropology, and Set Design, and made the acquaintance of James Jarvaise, the Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Jervaise was instrumental in instilling the young painter with a sense of vocational efficacy that helped to focus Taylor’s efforts entirely on his artistic practice. Taylor’s formal training came in the 1990s when he studied at The California Institute of the Arts while also working as a psychiatric technician at Camarillo State Mental Hospital. It is here where Taylor developed his guiding sense of human connection while creating portraits of his patients. His practice evolved to exceed the boundaries of canvas: he began to paint the surfaces of found and discarded domestic objects like furniture, cereal boxes, empty cleaning bottles, and even packs of cigarettes. From these, Taylor creates assemblage sculptures, stacking and affixing disparate objects together to create, in some instances, faux African tribal masks from inverted Clorox bleach bottles erected on broomsticks.

What unifies Taylor’s practice across two and three dimensions is that it supersedes the confines of any traditional genre of painting and sculpture. His four-decade long practice combines pillars of figurative, landscape and history painting. Each result is a complete narrative that reflects the breadth and depth of his subject.

 

Taylor lives and works in Los Angeles. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and his work is in prominent public collections including the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris, France, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg PA, The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA, Museum of Fine Art, Houston TX, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham NC, Pérez Art Museum, Miami FL, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY.

In 2018, Taylor was the recipient of The Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize in 2018 for his outstanding achievements in painting. Taylor’s work was presented at the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY in 2017 and 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy in 2019.

[1] Sargent, Antwaun, ‘Examining Henry Taylor’s Groundbreaking Paintings of the Black Experience’, on: artsy.com, 16 July 2018

[2] Smith, Zadie, ‘Henry Taylor’s Promiscuous Painting’, on: newyorker.com, 23 July 2018

Biography

Born Born in Ventura CA, 1958

Education

BFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA, 1995

Resides Lives and works in Los Angeles CA

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Blum & Poe, ‘NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN’, New York NY

2018 Blum & Poe, ‘Here and There’, Tokyo, Japan

2017 Galerie Eva Presenhuber, ‘A Portrait Show’, Zurich, Switzerland
The High Line, ‘the floaters’, New York NY

2016 Blum & Poe, ‘Henry Taylor With a New Film by Kahlil Joseph’, Los Angeles CA
Henry Taylor’s, ‘Henry Taylor. Camarillo State Hospital’, Los Angeles CA
The Mistake Room, ‘This Side, That Side’, Guadalajara, Mexico

2015 Carlos/Ishikawa, ‘Henry Taylor’, London, UK
Artpace, ‘They shot my dad, they shot my dad!’, San Antonio TX
Blum & Poe, ‘Henry Taylor’, New York NY
UNTITLED, ‘Henry Taylor’, New York NY

2013 Blum & Poe, ‘Henry Taylor’, Los Angeles CA

2012 UNTITLED, ‘March Forth’, New York NY
MoMA PS1, ‘Henry Taylor’, Long Island City NY

2011 Blum & Poe, ‘Henry Taylor’, Los Angeles CA

2010 WPA, ‘Couch Paintings’, Los Angeles CA

2009 Rental Gallery, ‘Henry Taylor’, New York NY
Mesler & Hug, Cardenas Bellenger, ‘Henry Taylor’, Los Angeles CA, Paris, France

2008 Santa Monica Museum of Art, ‘Girrrrrl’, Santa Monica CA
Samson Projects, ‘Chicago Kin’, Boston MA

2007 Cardenas Bellanger, ‘We’re all water, but some of us are muddy’, Paris, France
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Sis and Bra’, New York NY

2006 Sister, ‘Get Black’, Los Angeles CA

2005 Daniel Reich Gallery, ‘Henry Taylor’, New York NY

2004 Sister, ‘Free 99’, Los Angeles CA

2000 1234 Gallery, ‘Henry Taylor’, Los Angeles CA

1999 Georges, ‘30 Artists in 30 Days’, Los Angeles CA

1995 California Institute of the Arts, ‘The Garden of E’, Valencia CA

Group Exhibitions

2021 Columbia Museum of Art, '30 Americans', Columbia SC (Travelling Exhibition)
New Museum, 'Grief and Vengeance: Art and Mourning in America', New
York NY

2020 ICA Boston, 'i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times', Boston MA
Punta della Dogana, 'Untitled, 2020', Venice, Italy
Bonnefantenmuseum, 'Say it Loud', Maastricht, Netherlands
American Academy of Arts and Letters, '2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Artists', New York NY
Kunsthal KaDE, 'Tell Me Your Story', Amersfoort, Netherlands
Blum & Poe, 'New Images of Man', Los Angeles CA
Roberts Projects, 'Wish You Were Here', Culver City CA
Albuquerque Museum, '30 Americans', Albuquerque NM (Travelling Exhibition)
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 'Black Refractions. Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem', Salt Lake City UT (Travelling Exhibition)
Frye Art Museum, 'Black Refractions. Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem', Seattle WA (Travelling Exhibition)
Lehman College Art Gallery, 'Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art', The Bronx NY
Smith College Museum of Art, 'Black Refractions. Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem', Northampton MA (Travelling Exhibition)
Honolulu Museum of Art, '30 Americans', Honolulu HI (Travelling Exhibition)

2019 Barnes Foundation, ‘30 Americans’, Philadelphia PA (Travelling Exhibition)
Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, ‘Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem’, Kalamazoo MI (Travelling Exhibition)
Jeffrey Deitch, ‘Punch’, cur. Nina Chanel Abney, Los Angeles CA
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Kansas City MO (Travelling Exhibition)
Gibbes Museum of Art, ‘Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem’, Charleston SC (Travelling Exhibition)
58th Venice Biennale, ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, cur. Ralph Rugoff, Venice, Italy
Serious Topics, ‘Dreamhouse Vs. Punk House (plus Cat house)’, cur. Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Aster, and Torie Zalben, Inglewood CA
Joslyn Art Museum, ‘30 Americans’, Omaha NE (Travelling Exhibition)
Quotidian, ‘Serpentine Fire’, Los Angeles CA
The Museum of the African Diaspora, ‘Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem’, San Francisco CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Stony Island Arts Bank, ‘In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic’, org. Theaster Gates, Chicago IL
Rubell Museum, ‘Presenting Unparalleled Journey through Contemporary Art of Past 50 Years’, Miami FL
Tel Aviv Museum, ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’, cur. Ruth Direktor, Tel Aviv, Israel

2018 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, ‘Here’, Los Angeles CA
Tucson Museum of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Tucson, AZ (Travelling Exhibition)
Blum & Poe, ‘FOUR ROOMS’, New York NY
Pinault Collection, ‘Stand Up!‘, Couvent des Jacobins and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
Juliet Art Museum, ‘30 Americans’, Charleston WV (Travelling Exhibition)
Taubman Museum of Art, ‘Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection’, Roanoke VA
McNay Art Museum, ‘30 Americans’, San Antonio TX (Travelling Exhibition)

2017 Tacoma Art Museum, ‘30 Americans’, Tacoma WA (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum of Sonoma County, ‘Unpacked: Contemporary Works from Private Collections of Northern California’, Santa Rosa CA
Torrance Art Museum, ‘Why Art Matters!‘, Torrance CA
Samson Projects, ‘Black + Brown People | White Problems’, Boston MA
Rental Gallery, ‘Oliver Twist, Chapter 2’, East Hampton NY
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, ‘Animal Farm’, cur. Sadie Laska, Greenwich CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘2017 Whitney Biennial’, cur. Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, New York NY
The Journal Gallery, ‘Drawing Island’, Brooklyn NY
ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘ICA Collection. New Acquisitions’, Boston MA
SADE, ‘Revenge of the Crystal’, cur. by Ariana Papademetropoulos, Los Angeles CA
Bonnefantenmuseum, ‘Kahlil Joseph. NEW SUNS’, Maastricht, Netherlands
Petzel Gallery, ‘We need to talk…‘, New York NY
Edward Cella Art & Architecture, ‘greater works than these shall he do…’, Los Angeles CA

2016 Astrup Fearnley Museet, ‘Los Angeles. A Fiction’, cur. Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail, and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Oslo, Norway
James Cohan Gallery, ‘Intimisms’, New York NY
Camden Arts Centre, ‘Making & Unmaking’, cur. Duro Olowu, London, UK
Mann-Simons Site, ‘Route to (re)Settlement’, cur. Kimberly Light and Cecelia Stucker, Columbia SC
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Human Interest. Portraits from the Whitney's Collection’, New York NY
Riverview School Cape Cod, ‘Nothing Compares to You. Works from the Collection of Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg’, East Sandwich MA
The Underground Museum, ‘Non-Fiction’, cur. Noah Davis, Los Angeles CA
Cincinnati Art Museum, ‘30 Americans’, Cincinnati OH (Travelling Exhibition)
Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, ‘A Shape That Stands Up’, org. Jamillah James, Los Angeles CA
MAC Lyon Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon,‘Los Angeles. A Fiction’, cur. Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail, and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Lyon, France
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, ‘These Strangers... Painting and People’, Ghent, Belgium

2015 Moore Building, ‘Unrealism. Presented by Larry Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch’, Miami FL
Detroit Institute of Arts, ‘30 Americans’, Detroit MI (Travelling Exhibition)
Arkansas Arts Center, ‘30 Americans’, Little Rock AK (Travelling Exhibition)
FUG, Bruce High Quality Foundation University Gallery, ‘Noah Davis and Selections from the Underground Museum’, New York NY
Roberts & Tilton, ‘And There Is an End’, Los Angeles CA
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, ‘Call and Response’, New York NY

2014 The Journal Gallery, ‘The Great Figure’, Brooklyn NY
Charlie James Gallery, ‘They're There’, cur. Dane Johnson, Los Angeles CA
Shane Campbell Gallery, ‘New Image Painting’, Chicago IL
Contemporary Arts Center, ‘30 Americans’, New Orleans LA (Travelling Exhibition)
Marlborough Chelsea, ‘TICKET TO REALITY’, New York NY

2013 MoMA Museum of Modern Art, ‘Contemporary Galleries. 1980–Now’, New York NY
ltd los angeles, ‘Inside This Human Clay’, Los Angeles CA
The Green Gallery, ‘B*E*E*R Show’, cur. Drew Heitzler, Milwaukee WI
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, ‘30 Americans’, Nashville TN (Travelling Exhibition)
Carnegie Museum of Art, ‘2013 Carnegie International’, cur. Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, Pittsburgh PA
MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Room to Live. Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection’, org. Bennett Simpson, Los Angeles CA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Body Language’, org. Abbe Schriber, New York NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Blues for Smoke’, cur. Bennett Simpson, New York NY

2012 MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Blues for Smoke’, cur. Bennett Simpson, Los Angeles CA
Milwaukee Museum of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Milwaukee WI (Travelling Exhibition)
Hammer Museum, ‘Made in L.A. 2012’, org. Anne Ellegood, Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, Cesar Garcia, and Ali Subotnick, Los Angeles CA
Chrysler Museum of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Norfolk VA (Travelling Exhibition)

2011 Rubell Family Collection, ‘American Exuberance’, Miami FL
Pepin Moore, ‘From Where You Just Arrived’, org. Ryan Schneider and Jonas Wood, Los Angeles CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Washington D.C. (Travelling Exhibition)
483 Broadway, 2nd Floor, ‘Greater LA’, cur. Eleanor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill, and Joel Mesler, New York NY
North Carolina Museum of Art, ‘30 Americans’, Raleigh NC (Travelling Exhibition)
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Human Nature. Contemporary Art from the Collection’, Los Angeles CA

2010 MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Artist’s Museum’, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, ‘At Home / Not at Home. Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg’, cur. Matthew Higgs, Annandale-on-Hudson NY
Rental Gallery, ‘Henry Taylor & Phil Wagner’, New York NY

2008 Rubell Family Collection, ‘30 Americans’, Miami FL (Travelling Exhibition)
Peres Projects, ‘We are revolutionaries’, Berlin, Germany
Sister, ‘A Dead Serious Group Show’, Los Angeles CA

2007 Rental Gallery, ‘Repeat after me. I AM a Revolutionary’, New York NY
Jack Hanley Gallery, ‘Paper Bombs’, cur. Bart Exposito, Los Angeles CA

2006 Rubell Family Collection, ‘Red Eye. L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection’, Miami FL
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, ‘Metro Pictures part two’, Miami FL
Ben Kaufmann Gallery, ‘Back From the Other Side of the World’, Berlin, Germany
Peres Projects, ‘LAXed: Paintings from the Other Side’, Berlin, Germany
Milliken Gallery, ‘LA Trash and Treasure’, cur. Liv Stoltz, Stockholm, Sweden

2004 Angles Gallery, ‘SPF: Self-Portraits’, Santa Monica CA
Daniel Reich Gallery, ‘California Earthquakes’, New York NY
Sister, ‘Losing My Head’, Los Angeles CA

2000 1234 Gallery, ‘Eccentric Abstraction II’, Los Angeles CA

1998 Three Day Weekend, ‘To Get Rid of the Mystery,’ cur. Andrew Hahn, Santa Monica CA

1995 ‘Alimento’, Ventura CA
California Institute of the Arts, ‘Water and Power’, cur. Karen Sanders, Ventura CA

1994 California Institute of the Arts, ‘Nervous’, Ventura CA

Grants and Awards

2020 The Drawing Center Gala Honoree, New York NY
BOMB, Gala Honoree, New York NY

2019 REDCAT, Gala Honoree, Los Angeles CA

2018 ICA Institute of Contemporary Art Honoree, Los Angeles CA
Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize
Residency, Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison ME

2016 International Artist-in-Residence, Artpace, San Antonio TX

2015 International Artist-in-Residence, Artpace, San Antonio TX

2013 Residency, Steep Rock Arts Association, Steep Rock CT

Bibliography

Monographs

2018 Gaines, Charles, Smith, Zadie, Ghansah, Rachel Kaadzi (et al.) 'Henry Taylor. The Only Portrait I Ever Painted of My Momma Was Stolen', Los Angeles: Blum & Poe; New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018, ill.

2014 Hoptman, Laura, Keith, Naima Keith, Eleey, Peter (et al.), 'Henry Taylor', New York: MoMA PS1, 2014, ill. (exh. cat.)

Publications

2020 Gingeras, Alison M., 'New Images of Man', Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2020, ill. (exh. cat.)
Perrée, Rob, 'Tell Me Your Story', Amersfoort: Kunsthal KAdE, 2020, pp. 130-33, ill. (exh. cat.)

2019 Barat, Charlotte, Buck, Carl Darling, et al. (eds.), ‘Among Others. Blackness at MoMA’, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2019, pp. 416-17
Choi, Connie H., ‘Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem’, New York: Rizzoli Electa; New York: American Federation of Arts, 2018, pp. 186-87
Deitch, Jeffrey, ‘Unrealism. New Figurative Painting’, New York, NY: Rizzoli Electa, 2019, pp. 91

2018 Bourgeois, Caroline, Robinne, Grégoire (eds.), 'Debout!', Paris: Pinault Collection; Paris: Éditions Dilecta, 2018, pp. 132-139

2017 Ammirati, Domenick, Best, Jason, et al. (eds.), ‘Whitney Biennial 2017’, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2017, pp. 184-85

2016 Kvaran, Gunnar B., Raspail, Thierry (eds.), ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’, Oslo, Norway: Astrup Fearnley Museet; Lyon, France: Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2016
Melick, Tom, Morrill, Rebecca (eds), ‘Vitamin P3. New Perspectives in Painting’, London: Phaidon, 2016, pp. 304-07
___, ‘These Strangers...Painting and People’, Amsterdam: Roma Publications; Ghent: S.M.A.K., 2016, pp. 30-32

2015 Hudson, Suzanne, ‘Painting Now’, New York: Thames & Hudson, 2015, pp. 5, 137, 139

2014 Roselione-Valadez, Juan (ed.), ‘Rubell Family Collection. Highlights and Artists' Writings, Volume 1’, Miami: Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, 2014, pp. 434-35

2013 Piranio, Michelle, Reilly, Katie (eds.), ‘2013 Carnegie International’, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2013, pp. 179, 186-89, 263

2012 Jacobson, Karen (ed.), ‘Henry Taylor’, Long Island City: MoMA PS1, 2012
Ellegood, Anne, Firstenberg, Lauri, et al., ‘Made in L.A. 2012’, Los Angeles: Hammer Museum; Munich: DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2012, pp. 264, 275-78
Simpson, Bennett, ‘Blues for Smoke’, Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art; Munich: DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2012, pp. 22, 108-09, 161

2011 Hobbs, Robert, Ligon, Glenn, et al., ‘30 Americans’, Miami: Rubell Family Collection, 2011: 172-79.
Roselione-Valadez, Juan (ed.), ‘American Exuberance’, Miami: Rubell Family Collection, 2011, pp. 196-97

2007 Coetzee, Mark, Darling, Michael, et al., ‘Red Eye. L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection’, Miami: Rubell Family Collection, 2007, pp. 7-8, 120-23, 210

Press

2020 ___, 'If I’m Painting, I’m Feeling Good' [Interview], in: The New York Times, 1 November 2020, p. ST3, ill.
Milton, Hailee, 'Louis Vuitton & the Six Artists who Contributed to the Artycapucines Collection', on: vmagazine.com, 1 November 2020, ill.
Abad, Mario, 'How Six Contemporary Artists Transformed Louis Vuitton’s Capucine Bags', on: papermag.com, 30 October 2020, ill.
Mantai, Joshen, 'Louis Vuitton Launches Artycapucines Line in Collaboration with International Artists', on: flaunt.com, 30 October 2020, ill.
___, 'An Artist’s Portrait of His Brother', on: nytimes.com, 30 October 2020, ill.
Duponchelle, Valérie, 'L'Événement la Peinture de Henry Taylor à Portée de
Main', in: Le Figaro, Paris, No. 23689, 15 October 2020, pp. 28-29, ill.
Ogunnaike, Lola, 'Louis Vuitton Returns to the Art World for Its Latest Statement Handbag', on: townandcountrymag.com, 15 October 2020, ill.
Reynolds, Pamela, '11 Art Exhibits To See (In Person) This Fall', on: wbur.org, 21 September 2020, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'For LA Artist Henry Taylor "Blackness is Not an Uneasy, Overcompensating Assertion, Blackness Just Is"', on: culturetype.com, 30 August 2020, ill.
Vogel, Maria, '"It Should Come From a Place That Has Meaning": Collector Bernard Lumpkin on How to Buy Black Contemporary Art Ethically', on: artnet.com, 27 August 2020, ill.
Trupti, Rami, 'A New Book Shows Why Black Artists Drive the Culture Visually', on: vulture.com, 27 August 2020, ill.
___, 'The Next Big Things', in: ARTnews, New York, Summer 2020, p. 61
Pogredin, Robin, 'Seeking a More Colorful Palette', in: The New York Times, New York, 22 June 2020
Rosen, Miss, 'How artists have championed the Black Liberation movement over a century', on: dazeddigital.com, 19 June 2020, ill.
Rodney, Seph, 'What Does It Mean to Exhibit "Black Excellence"?', on: hyperallergic.com, 2 April 2020
Russeth, Andrew, 'Curator Alison Gingeras on Revisiting One of the 20th Century's Key Art Shows', on: www.surfacemag.com, 5 February 2020

2019 Hoptman, Laura, 'Art In Conversation. HENRY TAYLOR with Laura Hoptman' [Interview], on: brooklynrail.org, October 2019
Driscoll, Megan, 'Henry Taylor. The Only Portrait I Ever Painted of My Momma Was Stolen', on: caa.reviews.org, 3 June 2019
Kühnlein, Andreas, 'Influencer 2019. Henry Taylor', in: Architectural Digest Germany, June 2019, p. 60
___, 'Venice through the Eyes of an Artist, a Collector, and a Curator', on: Artsy.net, 13 May 2019
___, '10 Artists at the Venice Biennale We Know & Love', in: CulturedMag.com, 7 May 2019
___, 'The Most Influential Living African American Artists.' on: Artsy.net, 25 February 2019
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Culture Type Picks. 18 Best Black Art Books of 2018', on: culturetype.com, 4 January 2019
Kraus, Chris, 'Henry Taylor, With a New Film by Kahlil Joseph', in: Frieze, vol. 200, January/February 2019, p. 189
Mobilio, Albert, 'Henry Taylor. The Only Portrait I Ever Painted of My Momma Was Stolen', in: Bookforum, New York, vol. 25, no. 4, Dec/Jan 2019, p. 44

2018 Evans, Tiana Webb, ‘Folks on Chairs. African-American Home Life As Seen Through the Lens of Art’, in: PIN- UP Magazine, vol. 25, Fall/Winter 2018/19, pp. 190-93
Freeman, Nate, ‘These 10 Artists Broke Into the Art Market Big Leagues in 2018’, on: Artsy.net, 21 December 2018.
___, ‘11 New Books We Recommend This Week’, in: The New York Times, 6 December 2018
Herrington, Nicole, ‘Three Books Trace a History of Race Relations in America, Through Art’, in: The New York Times, 27 November 2018
Tully, Judd, ‘Sotheby's Tallies $362.6 M. at Strong Contemporary Sale, Setting Records for Jacob Lawrence, Henry Taylor, More’, on: ARTnews.com, 15 November 2018
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Nearing $1 Million, Henry Taylor’s ‘I’ll Put a Spell on You’ Sets New Artist Record’, in: Culture Type, 14 November 2018
Vitale, Julia, ‘These 10 Coffee-Table Books Are More Than Just Decoration’, on: vanityfair.com, September 2018
Nelson, Arty, ‘Portrait Mode’, in: GQ Style, Fall 2018, pp. 184-89
Smith, Zadie, ‘Promiscuous Painting’, in: The New Yorker, 30 July 2018, pp. 26-29
Jones, Dylan, ‘Henry Taylor. 'We Have to Be the Ones to Speak Out’, in: British GQ, 22 July 2018
Sargent, Antwaun, ‘Examining Henry Taylor's Groundbreaking Paintings of the Black Experience’, on: Artsy.net, 16 July 2018
Ghansah, Rachel Kaadzi, ‘Henry Taylor’s Wild Heart Can’t Be Broken’, in: New York Magazine, 25 June – 8 July 2018, pp. 3, 24-29, 128
___, ‘Basel Fever, Henry Taylor’s Win and the Serpentine Pavilion Goes Global’, on: Elephant.art, 15 June 2018
___, ‘Henry Taylor Wins 2018 Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize’, on: Artforum.com, 7 June 2018
Greenberger, Alex, ‘Henry Taylor Wins $25,000 Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize’, on: ARTnews.com, 7 June 2018
Shibazaki, Rieko, ‘My Obsession’, in: Vogue Japan, June 2018, pp. 264
Clayton, Dominique, ‘How Henry Taylor’s Profound Paintings of Black Art Capture Truth, Light and Power’, on: Blavity.com, 29 May 2018
Black, Ezrha Jean, ‘After Henry - or Thanks Be to Mark’, on: artillerymag.com, 15 May 2018
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Los Angeles Artist Henry Taylor Made a Series of Paintings as He Traveled the Globe, the New Works are Now on View in Tokyo’, in: Culture Type, 26 March 2018
Jansen, Charlotte, ‘Cicely and Miles Visit the Obamas by Henry Taylor’, in: Elephant Magazine, 25 March 2018
Taylor, Henry, ‘Interviewed by Takuhito Kawashima’, Apartamento Magazine 21 (Spring/Summer 2018): 326-344.

2017 Taylor, Henry, ‘Go Next Door and Ask Michelle's Momma Mrs Robinson if I can Borrow 20 Dollars Til Next Week?’, in: T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 3 December 2017, pp. 132-133
Taylor, Henry, ‘I Am a Man’, in: T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 3 December 2017
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Meetings of Minds. Times Style Magazine Brings Together Jay Z, Artist Henry Taylor, and Editor Dean Baquet’, in: Culture Type, 29 November 2017
Zara, Janelle, 'In the Studio With the Artist Who Painted Jay-Z’, in: T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 29 November 2017
Meier, Allison, ‘Strange Creatures and Constructions Alight on the High Line’, in: Hyperallergic, 8 November 2017
Solway, Diane, ‘How the Family-Run Underground Museum Became One of L.A.’s Most Vital Cultural Forces’, in: W Magazine, 8 November 2017
Sansom, Anna, ‘Fiac Welcomes Design Back to the Fold’, in: Art Newspaper, 18 October 2017
Cabot, Emilie, ‘Brigitte Macron, Séquence Culturelle au Louvre et à la Fiac’, on: Parismatch.com, 19 October 2017
Taylor, Henry, Walker, Hamza, 'Taylor Takes Europe,' in: Cultured Magazine, Summer 2017, pp. 146-51
Adams, Genetta M., ‘Forget That White Lady’s Emmett Till Painting; These Black Artists Are Truly Representing at the Whitney Biennial’, in: The Root, 6 April 2017
Istomina, Tatiana, ‘Inside Out. Henry Taylor's Painting’, in: Art in America, 29 March 2017
Olowu, Duro, ‘Henry Taylor’s Truth’, in: Interview Magazine, 28 March 2017
Schjeldahl, Peter, ‘The Whitney Biennial's Political Mood’, in: The New Yorker, 27 March 2017
Valentine, Victoria L., 'From London to New York, Whitney Biennial Artist Henry Taylor is Having a Major Art World Moment’, in: Culture Type, 18 March 2017
Livingstone, Josephine, ‘The Cutting-Edge Sincerity of the Whitney Biennial’, in: New Republic, 16 March 2017
Smith, Roberta, ‘Why the Whitney's Humanist, Pro-Diversity Biennial Is a Revelation’, in: The New York Times, 16 March 2017
Viveros-Fauné, Christian, 'Painting Pumps Its Fist at the Whitney Biennial', on: news.artnet.com, 16 March 2017
Saltz, Jerry, ‘The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades’, in: Vulture, 14 March 2017
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Henry Taylor's March Cover of Art in America Magazine Is Inspired by 1968 Photo of Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis', in: Culture Type, 14 March 2017
Solway, Diane, ‘An Early Look at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Arriving in Time to Tackle America's Turmoil’, in: W Magazine, 13 March 2017
Slenske, Michael, ‘The Artist Who Was a Legend Before He Became a Legend’, in: Wall Street
Journal Magazine, 2 March 2017
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Artist Henry Taylor is Lending His West Coast Perspective to New York's High Line’, in: Culture Type, 1 March 2017
Taylor, Henry, ‘Cicely and Miles Visit the Obamas’, in: Art in America, March 2017
Stone, Bryony, ‘Henry Taylor’, in: Printed Pages, no. 13, Spring/Summer 2017, pp. 174-175
Miranda, Carolina A., ‘Painter Henry Taylor's Floating Self-portrait to Materialize as a Mural at the High Line Park in Manhattan’, in: Los Angeles Times, 27 February 2017
Viveros-Fauné, Christian, 'These 11 Artists Will Transform the Art World in 2017', on: news.artnet.com, 2 January 2017
___, ‘Henry Taylor’, in: Parterre de Rois, no. 5, Black issue 2017, pp. 136-141

2016 Moloney, Ciara, 'Henry Taylor', in: Art in America, 14 December 2016
Holte, Michael Ned, 'Best of 2016', in: Artforum, vol. 55, no. 4, December 2016, pp. 226
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Artist List for 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial Includes Henry Taylor, Lyle Ashton Harris, Pope.L, and Deanna Lawson', in: Culture Type, 18 November 2016
Pogrebin, Robin, 'Here Comes the Whitney Biennial, Reflecting the Tumult of the Times', in: The New York Times, 17 November 2016
Gibbs, Gregg, 'Henry Taylor. Where the Streets Have a Name’, in: Juxtapoz, no. 190, November 2016, pp. 96-103
Quinn, Patrick, 'Artist Henry Taylor Creates a Unique Installation', on: Artandcakela.com, 31 October 2016
Harden, Essence, 'When the Grace is In the Ground and the Earth is Life. Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe’, in: SFAQ, 25 October 2016
Wagley, Catherine, '5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week', in: LA Weekly, 12 October 2016
Knight, Christopher, 'Review. Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Gallery’, in: Los Angeles Times, 10 October 2016
Reyburn, Scott, 'At Frieze Art Week, All Eyes on the Pound', in: The New York Times, 7 October 2016
Weitz, Julie, 'Backstage in Kahlil Joseph's 'Wizard of the Upper Amazon', on: ArtSlant.com, 5 October 2016
Stone, Bryony, 'Artist Henry Taylor Takes Over LA Gallery Blum & Poe', on: Itsnicethat.com, 26 September 2016
Yablonsky, Linda, 'After Earth', on: Artforum.com, 17 September 2016
Baumann, Sacha, 'A Landscape of Community Portraiture', on: SachaBaumann.com, 14 September 2016
Black, Ezrha Jean, 'Henry Taylor', on: artillerymag.com, 14 September 2016
Miranda, Carolina A., 'The Anti-Mega Gallery. The Impromptu Shows at Henry Taylor's Living Room Exhibition Space', in: Los Angeles Times, 11 September 2016
Berardini, Andrew, 'Critics' Picks. Henry Taylor', on: Artforum.com, September 2016
Valentine, Victoria L., 'At Christie's Auction, Henry Taylor Painting of Historic Track Star Sets Record for Artist', on: CultureType.com, 12 May 2016
Goldstein, Andrew M., '10 of the Best Artworks at Frieze New York 2016', on: Artspace.com, 5 May 2016
Rosenberg, Karen, 'Henry Taylor on His Profoundly Empathetic Early Portraits of Psychiatric
Patients', on: Artspace.com, 2 April 2016
Shapton, Leanne, 'Thirteen Contemporary Artists Portray Their Own Children’, in: T: The New York Times Style Magazine, 18 March 2016
McMahon, Catherine, 'L.A. Habitat. Henry Taylor', on: ARTnews.com, 25 March 2016
Wagley, Catherine C., 'New Kid in Town. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Opens in Los Angeles - And the Artist Henry Taylor Inaugurates a Space of His Own', on: ARTnews.com, 16 March 2016
Valentine, Victoria L., 'On the Horizon in African American Art: Artists to Watch and Events to Look Forward to in 2016', on: CultureType.com, 11 January 2016

2015 Solway, Diane, 'Drake. View From the Five', on: wmagazine.com, 15 October 2015
___, 'Deana Lawson and Henry Taylor', in: BOMB, no. 133, Fall 2015, pp. 122-131
Samet, Jennifer, 'Beer with a Painter, LA Edition. Henry Taylor', on: hyperallergic.com, 27 June 2015
Bennett, Steve, 'Artpace Installation Takes Aim at Texas', on: expressnews.com, 27 March 2015
Berzon, Stephanie, 'Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture', on: artslant.com, 24 March 2015

2014 Corréard, Stéphane, Gatti, Étienne, 'Délit d’initié. Henry Taylor', in: Arts Magazine, no. 85, March 2014, pp. 138-41
Higgie, Jennifer, 'Henry Taylor', in: Frieze, no. 160, January-February 2014, pp. 96-97

2013 Fiduccia, Joanna, '2013 Carnegie International. A Desperate Age', in: Spike, no. 38, Winter 2013. 136-139
Banks, Gabrielle, 'Countdown to Carnegie International. Painting to Provoke', on: post-gazette.com, 18 September 2013
Akel, Joseph, 'Henry Taylor. Blum & Poe', in: Artforum, vol. 51, no. 9, May 2013, 335-36
Hoptman, Laura, 'Henry Taylor, Pawel Althamer, and Cathy Wilkes Walk into a Bar....', on: MOMA.org, 26 April 2013
Bernard, Lili, 'Baila, Henry Taylor!', on: huffingtonpost.com, 22 April 2013
Goldman, Edward, 'The MOCA Trustees Woke Up and Smelled the Coffee, at Last', on: KCRW.com, 26 March 2013
Diehl, Travis, 'Henry Taylor', on: Artforum.com, 20 March 2013
Tuck, Geoff, 'Henry Taylor at Blum and Poe', on: Notesonlooking.com, 19 March 2013
Myers, Holly, 'Henry Taylor Paintings a Potent Presence at Blum & Poe', in: Los Angeles Times, 8 March 2013

2012 Berardini, Andrew, 'California über alles', on: Artforum.com, 12 June 2012
___, 'Smart Art for $25,00 and under’, in: Art + Auction, May 2012, pp. 120-121
Nathan, Emily, 'Henry Taylor. Untitled,' on: artnet.com, 23 March 2012
Walleston, Aimee, 'The Hunter-Gatherer. Henry Taylor as Sculptor,' on: ARTnews.com, 19 March 2012
Finkel, Jori, 'Hammer Announces $100,000 Biennial Prize’, in: Los Angeles Times, 14 March 2012
Johnson, Ken, 'A Visual Equivalent of the Blues, in Warm Shades', in: The New York Times, 2 February 2012
Miller, Michael H., 'Henry Taylor Paints a Picture’, in: New York Observer, 27 January 2012

2011 Goldman, Edward, 'Magnificent Seven From the Year 2011', on: Huffingtonpost.com, 30 December 2011
Dalton, Trini, 'Henry Taylor', on: Artforum.com, 24 April 2011
Misheff, Johnny, 'Visiting Artists. Henry Taylor', in: The New York Times Magazine, 7 March 2011
Douglas, Sarah, 'Blazing Talent Henry Taylor Sets the L.A. Art Scene on Fire', in: Modern Painters, vol. 23, no. 2, March 2011, pp. 40-42

2009 Sharp, Chris, 'Scrambling the Codes', in: ArtReview, London, vol. XXII, no. 5, October 2009, pp. 60-62
Knight, Christopher, 'Review. Henry Taylor at Mesler & Hug', in: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 14 May 2009
Stillman, Nick, 'Henry Taylor – Rental', in: Artforum, New York, vol. 47, no. 9, May 2009, p. 240
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah, 'Henry Taylor, Mesler & Hug', on: Artforum.com, 28 April 2009
The New Yorker, 'Goings On About Town. Henry Taylor', on: newyorker.com, January 2010

2008 McBride, Shasta, 'Girrrrrl! By Henry Taylor at the Santa Monica Art Museum', on: Examiner.com, 11 November 2008
Breidenbach, Tom, 'Michele O’ Marah and Henry Taylor – Sister at Rental', in: Artforum, vol. 46, no. 5, January 2008, 284-285

2007 Gray, Emma, 'Oh Brother. Henry Taylor', in: Art Review, no. 10, April 2007, pp. 40

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