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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Henry Taylor: From Sugar to Shit

Henry Taylor, I got brothers ALL OVA the world but they forget we’re related, 2023.

Oct 14, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024
26 bis Rue François 1er, 75008 Paris, France

The artist Henry Taylor grew up in Los Angeles, where he worked as a psychiatric technician until 1997. But by the mid–90s, he realized he needed a change and enrolled at the California Institute for Fine Arts. Taylor painted obsessively, bringing bright swaths of color to portraits of people and household items such as cereal boxes, detergent, and furniture. His work calls to mind the Harlem Renaissance painters Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, yet his energy is powerfully contemporary. Taylor has since become one of the most important portraitists in America. This exhibition of the artist’s recent paintings inaugurates Hauser & Wirth’s space in Paris, which occupies an entire hôtel particulier dating from 1877. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: Keith Lubow/© Henry Taylor/courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth