For the 2017 edition of FIAC, Blum & Poe is pleased to present new paintings and sculpture along with a mixed media installation by Henry Taylor. Taylor's painting practice continues to delve into and expand upon the intimate language of portraiture -- he captures the characters he encounters on the streets of Los Angeles and on his travels, personalities of pop culture, contemporary and historical figures of the American civil rights movement, and near and dear friends alike. In addition to new paintings and sculptures, a significant example of his assemblage sculptural practice will be on view. It's like a jungle (2011) is an ensemble of found objects repurposed and imbued with new life by its maker -- emptied Clorox bleach bottles, when spray-painted black and inverted on broomsticks, take the form of African tribal masks or dancing statues.
Henry Taylor's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including This Side, That Side, The Mistake Room, Guadalajara, Mexico (2016); They shot my dad, they shot my dad!, Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2015); and a retrospective at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2012). His work has been featured in institutional exhibitions worldwide including the 2017 Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2017); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2016); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2016); Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2016); Studio Museum, Harlem, NY (2013); Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2011).