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Henry Taylor: B Side Coming to the Whitney
September 25, 2023, 6:08.10 pm ET


Photo: Sam Kahn

Henry Taylor: B Side is the first exhibition to survey the career of leading contemporary artist Henry Taylor. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation, this retrospective celebrates an artist widely appreciated for his unique aesthetic, social vision, and freewheeling experimentation.

Taylor’s figurative work, populated by friends, relatives, strangers on the street, athletes, politicians, and entertainers, showcases an imagination that encompasses multiple worlds. Informed by experience, his work conveys fundamental empathy through close examination and sharp social criticism.


Photo: Serge Hasenböhler

Henry Taylor: B Side is the largest exhibition of Taylor’s work to date, with over 150 works from the late-1980s to the present. Though Taylor is renowned for his portraiture, his work encompasses many genres and moves through influences. Within this stylistic diversity, Taylor’s attention to Black Americans and to various conditions of Black America comes into focus in ways that are deep-feeling, witty, joyful, and concerned.

The exhibit will be on view from Oct 4,2023 to Jan 28, 2024.


[Top] Henry Taylor, i'm yours, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 73 1/8 × 74 1/4 in. (185.74 × 188.6 cm). Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; acquired through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle. © Henry Taylor. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Sam Kahn

[Bottom] Henry Taylor, the dress, ain't me, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 84 1/4 × 72 in. (214 × 182.9 cm). Private collection; courtesy Irena Hochman Fine Art Ltd. © Henry Taylor. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Serge Hasenböhler