Henry Taylor
Installation view
With a New Film by Kahlil Joseph
September 10November 5, 2016
Installation View
March 1April 4, 2015
Installation view
February 23March 30, 2013
Installation view
March 19May 7, 2011


Born in Ventura, California, 1958 

BFA, California Institute of the Arts, 1995

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


One-Person Exhibitions

the floaters, High Line Art, New York, NY 
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland  

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Taylor: This Side, That Side, The Mistake Room, Guadalajara, Mexico
Camarillo State Hospital, Henry Taylor’s studio, Los Angeles, CA 

Carlos/Ishikawa, London, United Kingdom 
They shot my dad, they shot my dad!, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Blum & Poe, New York, NY 

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
March Forth, Untitled, New York, NY 

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

Couch Paintings, WPA, Los Angeles, CA 

Rental Gallery, New York, NY
Mesler & Hug, Los Angeles, CA & Cardenas Bellenger, Paris, France 

Girrrrrl, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Volta4, Basel, with Cardenas Bellanger, Paris, France
Chicago Kin, Samson Projects, Boston, MA 

We’re all water, but some of us are muddy, Cardenas Bellanger, Paris, France
Sis and Bra, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 

Get Black, Sister, Los Angeles, CA 

Daniel Reich, New York, NY 

Free 99, Sister, Los Angeles, CA                                   

1234 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

30 Artists in 30 Days, Georges, Los Angeles, CA                 

The Garden of E, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA


Group Exhibitions 

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 
Why Art Matters!, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Animal Farm, curated by Sadie Laska, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT
ICA Collection: New Acquisitions, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Revenge of the Crystal, curated by Ariana Papademetropoulos, SADE, Los Angeles, CA
We need to talk…, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA

These Strangers... Painting and People, Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Los Angeles: A Fiction, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail, and Nicolas Garait, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway; traveled to Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon, France
Route to (Re)Settlement, curated by Cecelia Stucker and Kimberly Light, Mann-Simons Site, Columbia, SC
A Shape That Stands Up, Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA
30 Americans, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Non-Fiction, curated by Noah Davis, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Intimisms, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Nothing Compares to You, Works from the Collection of Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg, Riverview School, Cape Cod, MA
Making & Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK 

Unrealism: Presented by Larry Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch, The Moore Building, Miami, FL
Spring 2015 International Artist-in-Residence Program, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
And There Is an End, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
Noah Davis and Selections from the Underground Museum, FUG, Bruce High Quality Foundation University Gallery, New York, NY 

They're There, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket to Reality, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
The Great Figure, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New Image Painting, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Beer Show, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Body Language, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Inside This Human Clay, LTD Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 

Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Made in LA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL
From Where You Just Arrived, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Greater LA, 2nd Floor of 483 Broadway, New York, NY 

The Artist’s Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Taylor / Phil Wagner, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, 2010, curated by Matthew Higgs at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; traveled to North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
MAYDAY, Rental Gallery, New York, NY
We are revolutionaries, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
A dead serious group show, Sister, Los Angeles, CA 

Repeat after me: I AM a Revolutionary, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Paper Bombs, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA                 

Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Metro Pictures, part two, MOCA North Miami, Miami, FL
Back From the Other Side of the World, Ben Kaufmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
LAXed, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
LA Trash and Treasure, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 

SPF: Self Portraits, Angeles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
California Earthquakes, Daniel Reich, New York, NY
Losing My Head, Sister, Los Angeles, CA 

Eccentric Abstraction II, 1234 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
To Get Rid of the Mystery, Three Day Weekend, Santa Monica, CA

Alimento, Ventura, CA
Water and Power, California Institute of the Arts, Ventura, CA 

Nervous, California Institute of the Arts, Ventura, CA 




Ammirati, Domenick, Jason Best, and Deirdre O’Dwyer, eds. Whitney Biennial 2017. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2017: 184-185.

Kvaran, Gunnar B., and Thierry Raspail, eds. Los Angeles - A Fiction. Text by Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth. Oslo, Norway: Astrup Fearnley Museet; Lyon, France: Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2016.
Melick, Tom and Rebecca Morrill, eds. Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting. London: Phaidon, 2016:  304-307.
These Strangers…Painting and People. Amsterdam: Roma Publications; Ghent: S.M.A.K., 2016. 

Hudson, Suzanne. Painting Now. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2015. 

Roselione-Valadez, Juan, ed. Rubell Family Collection: Highlights and Artists' Writings, Volume 1. Miami: Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, 2014. 

Piranio, Michelle and Katie Reilly, eds. 2013 Carnegie International. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2013.                 

Jacobson, Karen, ed. Henry Taylor. Texts by Laura Hoptman, Peter Eleey, and Naima J. Keith. Long Island City, NY: MoMA PS1, 2012.
Ellegood, Anne, Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, Cesar Garcia, and Ali Subotnick. Made in L.A. 2012. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2012: 264, 275-278.
Simpson, Bennett. Blues for Smoke. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012: 22, 108-09, 161.

30 Americans. Texts by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirma, and Michele Wallace. Miami: Rubell Family Collection, 2011: 172-79.

Roselione-Valadez, Juan, ed. American Exuberance. Miami: Rubell Family Collection, 2011. 


Articles and Reviews

Adams, Genetta M. "Forget That White Lady's Emmett Till Painting; These Black Artists Are Truly Representing at the Whitney Biennial." The Root, April 6, 2017.
Istomina, Tatiana. "Inside Out: Henry Taylor's Painting." Art in America, March 29, 2017.
Livingstone, Josephine. " The Cutting-Edge Sincerity of the Whitney Biennial." New Republic, March 16, 2017. 
Miranda, Carolina A. "Painter Henry Taylor's Floating Self-portrait to Materialize as a Mural at the High Line Park in Manhattan." Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2017.
Olowu, Duro. “Henry Taylor’s Truth.” Interview Magazine, March 28, 2017.
Saltz, Jerry. "The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades." Vulture, March 14, 2017.
Schjeldahl, Peter. " The Whitney Biennial's Political Mood." The New Yorker, March 27, 2017.
Smith, Roberta. "Why the Whitney's Humanist, Pro-Diversity Biennial Is a Revelation." New York Times, March 16, 2017. 
Solway, Diane. "An Early Look at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Arriving in Time to Tackle America's Turmoil." W Magazine, March 13, 2017.
Valentine, Victoria L. "Artist Henry Taylor is Lending His West Coast Perspective to New York's High Line." Culture Type, March 1, 2017.
Valentine, Victoria L. "Henry Taylor's March Cover of Art in America Magazine Is Inspired by 1968 Photo of Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis." Culture Type, March 14, 2017.
Valentine, Victoria L. "From London to New York, Whitney Biennial Artist Henry Taylor is Having a Major Art World Moment." Culture Type, March 18, 2017.
Viveros-Fauné, Christian. "These 11 Artists Will Transform the Art World in 2017." Artnet News, January 2, 2017. 

Baumann, Sacha. "A Landscape of Community Portraiture." SachaBaumann.com (blog), September 14, 2016.
Berardini, Andrew. "Critics' Picks: Henry Taylor." Artforum, September 2016. 
Black, Ezhra Jean. "Henry Taylor." Artillery, September 14, 2016. 
Gibbs, Gregg. "Henry Taylor: Where the Streets Have a Name." Juxtapoz 190 (November 2016): 96-103.
Goldstein, Andrew M. "10 of the Best Artworks at Frieze New York 2016." Artspace.com, May 5, 2016.
Harden, Essence. "When the Grace is In the Ground and the Earth is Life: Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe." SFAQ, October 25, 2016.
Holte, Michael Ned. "Best of 2016." Artforum 55, no. 4 (December 2016): 226. 
Knight, Christopher. "Review: Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Gallery." Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2016.
Miranda, Carolina A. "The Anti-Mega Gallery: The Impromptu Shows at Henry Taylor's Living Room Exhibition Space." Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2016.
McMahon, Catherine. "L.A. Habitat: Henry Taylor." ARTnews, March 25, 2016.
Pogrebin, Robin. "Here Comes the Whitney Biennial, Reflecting the Tumult of the Times." New York Times, November 17, 2016. 
Quinn, Patrick. "Artist Henry Taylor Creates a Unique Installation." ArtAndCakeLA.com, October 31, 2016.
Reyburn, Scott. "At Frieze Art Week, All Eyes on the Pound." New York Times, October 7, 2016.
Rosenberg, Karen. "Henry Taylor on His Profoundly Empathetic Early Portraits of Psychiatric Patients." Artspace.com, April 2, 2016.
Shapton, Leanne. "Thirteen Contemporary Artists Portray Their Own Children." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, March 18, 2016.
Stone, Bryony. "Artist Henry Taylor Takes Over LA Gallery Blum & Poe." ItsNiceThat.com, September 26, 2016. 
Wagley, Catherine. "5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week." LA Weekly, October 12, 2016.
Wagley, Catherine C. "New Kid in Town: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Opens in Los Angeles - And the Artist Henry Taylor Inaugurates a Space of His Own." ARTnews, March 16, 2016.
Weitz, Julie. "Backstage in Kahlil Joseph's 'Wizard of the Upper Amazon.' ArtSlant, October 5, 2016.
Valentine, Victoria L. "Artist List for 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial Includes Henry Taylor, Lyle Ashton Harris, Pope.L, and Deanna Lawson." Culture Type, November 18, 2016. 
Valentine, Victoria L. "At Christie's Auction, Henry Taylor Painting of Historic Track Star Sets Record for Artist." CultureType (blog), May 12, 2016.
Valentine, Victoria L. “On the Horizon in African American Art: Artists to Watch and Events to Look Forward to in 2016.” CultureType (blog), January 11, 2016.
Yablonsky, Linda. "After Earth." Artforum Diary, September 17, 2016. 

Bennett, Steve. "Artpace Installation Takes Aim at Texas." San Antonio Express-News, March 27, 2015.
Berzon, Stephanie. "Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture." Artslant, March 24, 2015.
"Deana Lawson and Henry Taylor." BOMB, no. 133 (Fall 2015): 122-131. 
Samet, Jennifer. “Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Henry Taylor.” Hyperallergic, June 27, 2015.
Solway, Diane. “Drake: View From the Five.” W Magazine, October 15, 2015. 

Corréard, Stéphane and Étienne Gatti. “Délit d’initié: Henry Taylor.” Arts Magazine, no. 85 (March 2014): 138-41. 

Akel, Joseph. “Henry Taylor: Blum & Poe.” Artforum 51, no. 9 (May 2013): 335-36.
Banks, Gabrielle. "Countdown to Carnegie International: Painting to Provoke." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2013.
Bernard, Lili. “Baila, Henry Taylor!” Huffington Post, April 22, 2013.
Diehl, Travis. “Henry Taylor.” Artforum.com, March 20, 2013.
Fiduccia, Joanna. "2013 Carnegie International: A Desperate Age." Spike, no. 38 (Winter 2013): 136-139. 
Goldman, Edward. "The MOCA Trustees Woke Up and Smelled the Coffee, at Last." KCRW.com, March 26, 2013.
Higgie, Jennifer. "Henry Taylor." Frieze, no. 160 (January-February 2014): 96-97.
Hoptman, Laura. "Henry Taylor, Pawel Althamer, and Cathy Wilkes Walk into a Bar...." MOMA.org, April 26, 2013.
Myers, Holly. "Henry Taylor Paintings a Potent Presence at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2013.
Tuck, Geoff. "Henry Taylor at Blum and Poe." Notesonlooking.com (blog), March 19, 2013. 

Berardini, Andrew. "California über alles," Artforum.com, June 12, 2012.
Finkel, Jori. “Hammer Announces $100,000 Biennial Prize,” Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2012.
Johnson, Ken. "A Visual Equivalent of the Blues, in Warm Shades," New York Times, February 2, 2012.
Miller, Michael H. "Henry Taylor Paints a Picture,” New York Observer, January 27, 2012.
Nathan, Emily. "Henry Taylor: Untitled," Artnet.com, March 23, 2012.
"Smart Art for $25,00 and under." Art + Auction (May 2012): 120-121. 

Dalton, Trini. “Henry Taylor.” Artforum.com, April 24, 2011.
Douglas, Sarah. “Blazing Talent Henry Taylor Sets the L.A. Art Scene on Fire.” Modern Painters 23, no. 2 (March 2011): 40-42.
Goldman, Edward. “Magnificent Seven From the Year 2011.” Huffingtonpost.com, December 30, 2011.
Misheff, Johnny. “Visiting Artists: Henry Taylor.” New York Times Magazine, March 7, 2011. 

Knight, Christopher. “Review: Henry Taylor at Mesler & Hug.” LATimes.com, May 14, 2009.
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. “Henry Taylor, Mesler & Hug.” Artforum.com, April 28, 2009.
Sharp, Chris. “Scrambling the Codes.” Art Review (October 2009): 60-62.
Stillman, Nick. “Henry Taylor – Rental.” Artforum 47, no. 9 (May 2009): 240.                                                     

Breidenbach, Tom. “Michele O’ Marah and Henry Taylor – Sister at Rental.” Artforum 46, no. 5 (January 2008): 284-285.
McBride, Shasta. “Girrrrrl! By Henry Taylor at the Santa Monica Art Museum.” Examiner.com, November 11, 2008. 

Gray, Emma. “Oh Brother: Henry Taylor.” Art Review, no. 10 (April 2007): 40.

Public Collections

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY



Rosenberg, Karen. "Henry Taylor on His Profoundly Empathetic Early Portraits of Psychiatric Patients." Artspace.com, April 2, 2016.
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"Deana Lawson and Henry Taylor." BOMB, no. 133 (Fall 2015): 122-131.
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Samet, Jennifer. “Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Henry Taylor.” Hyperallergic, June 27, 2015.
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Misheff, Johnny. "Visiting Artists: Henry Taylor." New York Times Magazine, March 7, 2011.
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Douglas, Sarah. "Blazing Talent Henry Taylor sets the L.A. art scene on fire." Modern Painters 23, no. 2 (March 2011): 40-42.
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Sharp, Chris. "Scrambling the Codes." Art Review (October 2009): 60-62.
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