An exhibition of new paintings by Henry Taylor will be up in Tokyo through mid-May. In Los Angeles, Taylor will be honored at the ICA LA benefit brunch, with a tribute by Mark Bradford.
“For Taylor, portraiture is much more than an artistic convention of a realistic painter; the variety that he produces within the genre reshapes what might be considered a conventional language into a flexible vehicle for a much larger goal, which is to produce a multivalent but also highly specific view of contemporary life as seen through the eyes of an African American artist at the beginning of the twenty-first century.” – Laura Hoptman*
Henry Taylor gave Grant Levy-Lucero his first show—at Taylor’s 3rd. Street studio/gallery in Los Angeles. For his current NightGallery exhibition, Levy-Lucero has since shifted from textile works to pottery.
“Much of the imagery that I use for the pots come from hand-painted signs hidden all over the city. That started about six years ago with this photography project. Initially, photographing signs was just a way to explore the city, map certain areas, and create landmarks…
“I find inspiration in the color palette, the imagery, the unique culture, and the canon of L.A.” — Grant Levy-Lucero*
Connie Butler—the chief curator at the Hammer, and the organizer of the current exhibition SELECTIONS FROM THE HAMMER CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION—will give a lunchtime art talk on one of the show’s featured artists, Henry Taylor.
CONNIE BUTLER—LUNCHTIME ART TALK ON HENRY TAYLOR, Wednesday, September 27, at 12:30 pm.
SELECTIONS FROM THE HAMMER CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION, through January 7, 2018.
HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.