Al Taylor: Early Paintings 1971-1980


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  • The catalogue, published on the occasion of Taylor’s eponymous exhibition at David Zwirner in 2017, is framed by a conversation conducted by Mimi Thomson between renowned painters Stanley Whitney and Billy Sullivan; all knew Taylor well, and their dialogue opens a new perspectives on Taylor as painter. Writer and editor John Yau’s new piece of scholarship examines the deep relationship between Taylor’s sculptural approach and his earlier painted works. At the heart of this catalogue, are the twenty – six pain tings themselves: exercises in reduction and restraint, they nonetheless have hints of the levity and playfulness that characterize Taylor’s later works. In some canvases, a single color dominates, with hints of others scattered across; on others it is the interaction of colors that energizes the canvas.

    Publisher name David Zwirner Books
    Publication date 1 July 2017
    Number of pages 96
    Format Hardback
    Contributors Text by John Yau
    Dimensions 23 x 28.7 cm
    Weight 802 g