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Henry Taylor Monograph

Henry Taylor Monograph

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This is the first major monograph to chronicle Henry Taylor's life and work - the "visual equilivalent of the blues."

This definitive survey of over 200 of the painter's portraits and street scenes forms a personal and political portrait of society today. For three decades Taylor has worked his way through New York, Los Angeles, Europe, and Africa, documenting what he sees. In his circle are artists, musicians, writers, performers, as well as friends from his ten years as a psychiatric technician. It is the artist's empathetic eye that allows him to imagine his figures with authenticity and grace - not better than they are, or more glamorous, but part of a big, complicated world. Flat, brushy flows of color cast figures that often float in surreal landscapes abstracted from the barbeque in the park, or neighboring street. 

Suites of Taylor's paintings are reproduced alongside handwritten accounts of the sittings, offering an in-depth understanding of his world. This definitive monograph celebrates Taylor's direct and revealing portraits, offering a tonic to a divisive cultural moment.

Contributions by Sarah Lewis, Charles Gaines, Zadie Smith and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.

Publisher: Rizzoli Electa, 2018
Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.5 x 12.4 inches
320  pages

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