Blum & Poe present an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor. This is the artistís fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, and his first presentation in Japan.
Although often initiated by spontaneous encounters and intuitive connections with his sitters, Taylorís portraits carry a visual lexicon that he has developed over decades. He paints the individuals who surround him Ė friends, family, acquaintances Ė as well as notable figures of the African American community Ė musicians, activists, athletes. Sometimes painful chapters of Taylorís past are hidden or alluded to in symbols and signifiers, other times he employs unmistakable imagery that speaks to the facets of systemic oppression that affect Black life today and previously. His work articulates a certain empathy with and understanding of his subjects, these representations always imbued with dignity.
This new suite of paintings was created during Taylorís travels over the past year through Lisbon, Tangiers, Accra, Antiparos, Paris, Guadalajara, and Havana. Self-portraits, domestic interiors, street scenes, and landscapes portray the figures and scenarios that Taylor encountered, a chronicle of his expeditions and of his roving community.
The first major monograph covering Taylorís life and work will be released this fall 2018, published by Blum & Poe and Rizzoli Electa, featuring contributions by Hilton Als, Charles Gaines, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Sarah Lewis, and Zadie Smith.
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