Henry Taylor

January 29–April 9, 2012

Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor (American, b. 1958) applies his brush both to canvas and to unconventional materials—suitcases, crates, cereal boxes, cigarette packs—offering a refreshing, idiosyncratic perspective on culture and politics using everyone and everything around him as source material. While Taylor drew and painted in his youth, he studied art later in life, attending the California Institute of the Arts after working for ten years as a psychiatric technician at a state hospital. In the months preceding the exhibition, the artist will be in residency in one of MoMA PS1's former classrooms, using it as his New York studio to create new work for the exhibition.

  • Henry Taylor. The Long Jump by Carl Lewis. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 87 1/2 x 77 inches (165.1 x 172.7 cm). Courtesy the artist and Untitled, New York. © 2011 Henry Taylor.

  • Installation view of Henry Taylor at MoMA PS1, 2012. © MoMA PS1; photo Matthew Septimus.

  • Installation view of Henry Taylor at MoMA PS1, 2012. © MoMA PS1; photo Matthew Septimus.


Henry Taylor is organized by Peter Eleey, Curator of MoMA PS1 and Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.    

The exhibition is made possible by Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis and by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley.

Additional generous support by Lawrence B. Benenson.

Special thanks to Karen and Brian Conway.

The accompanying publication is made possible by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.