Armory Week 2012
Back in January, The Observer interviewed the artist Henry Taylor. We spoke for a long time in the apartment that he was staying at in Queens. Then we went to the Spanish restaurant next door to his building. We were the only people in the restaurant, besides a family finishing a large meal. The matriarch had a diabetic seizure and was taken away unconscious in an ambulance. Then, Mr. Taylor took The Observer back to his apartment, and painted our portrait. That portrait is now hanging at the booth of Blum & Poe, Mr. Taylor’s Los Angeles dealer, at the ADAA Art Show. It is called I Smoke, I Drink, But Mostly I Write.
This week, we profiled the Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor, whose mid-career retrospective opens at MoMA PS1 on Jan. 29. Here’s a look at some of his work to wet your appetite. All images courtesy of the artist and Untitled gallery.
The weekend before the opening of his midcareer retrospective at MoMA PS1, which opens to the public this Sunday, the painter Henry Taylor was walking through the museum’s first-floor galleries, inspecting the boxes that had just been shipped from his studio in Los Angeles. Some canvases were already leaning against the walls and others were sealed in bubble wrap. Some were still scattered around L.A. The month before, Mr. Taylor had gone to his daughter’s mother’s house there, where he had stored a number of pieces, only to discover they had been burned and destroyed (the circumstances are foggy). At PS1, he was walking through the show with Peter Eleey and Laura Hoptman, the exhibition’s two curators, rattling off stories about his work.
Later this month, MoMA Ps1 will open a 500-person “performance dome” in its spacious courtyard, part of its upcoming “Winter Open House” and set to coincide with a show by the painter Henry Taylor.