Al Taylor

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Al Taylor’s work is filled with playful, quotidian poetry, elevating banal phenomena above the everyday.

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Al Taylor

B. 1948


Al Taylor was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1948 and received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970. Taylor’s work moves fluidly across various media, seeking to expand the possibilities of vision by exploring new ways of experiencing and imagining space. His work is filled with playful, quotidian poetry, elevating banal phenomena above the everyday.

Al Taylor, Pornographic Spring, 1991
Al Taylor, Left & Right, 1997

Puddles of dog urine, peas, or human thumbs are all part of Taylor’s universe, in which sculptures and prints – the three-dimensional and two-dimensional – enter a unique dialogue. The artistic experiment is reduced to an absolute minimum in Taylor’s works. He sees, hears or finds, then lets the phenomenon be seen from numerous angles and points of view. He states, ‘instead of forcing myself onto some anonymous objects, I try to find a method that will allow them to form their own logic beyond me.’ Regardless of how prosaic or mundane Taylor’s objects are, by affording them a new perspective, the artist transforms them into wry yet uncompromising poetry.

Taylor’s work has been exhibited in numerous international institutions. A major survey of the artist’s works was presented at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in 2017 as well as a solo exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, in 2020. Work by the artist are represented in a number of prominent public collections, including the British Museum, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

Al Taylor died in 1999.


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