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Henry Taylor

Explore online from 26 Feb 2021 26 Feb – 6 Jun 2021

About

In accordance with recent government guidance, the gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.

Henry Taylor culls his cultural landscape at a vigorous pace, creating a language entirely his own from both historic and immediate imagery, disparate material and memory. Through a process he describes as ‘hunting and gathering,’ Taylor transports us into imagined realities that interrogate the breadth of the human condition, social movements and political structures.

For his inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, the American artist will take over all five galleries in Somerset to present a major body of sculptural work and paintings. Taylor will also share for the first time a series of jewel-like miniature sculptural paintings created since the 90s, formed from found domestic objects such as cigarette boxes as an ongoing visual biography. Throughout his four-decade long career, Taylor has consistently and simultaneously both embraced and rejected the tenets of traditional painting. He has amassed a staggering body of highly personal work rooted in the people and communities closest to him, often manifested alongside poignant archival or pop-cultural references.

In preparation for the exhibition, Taylor extended and unraveled his studio practice within the galleries at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, followed by an artist residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset this winter – energetically building, stacking and affixing a vast array of objects and collected materials together to create a holistic record of his everyday experiences and the materials that define them. With a guiding sense of human connection, Taylor will build a multifaceted narrative for the exhibition that unites live sitters, changing environments and art historical predecessors from Louise Nevelson to Philip Guston. 

Selected Images

Portrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos

About the Artist

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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,...

Current Exhibitions

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5 Nov 2020 – 23 Jan 2021

New York, 22nd Street

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5 Nov 2020 – 23 Jan 2021

New York, 22nd Street

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Hong Kong

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Online Exhibition

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