Hauser & Wirth opens its Paris location next month with Henry Taylor’s solo exhibition, From Shit to Sugar. The location’s inaugural exhibition is a prelude to Paris+ par Art Basel. Meanwhile, in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art hosts Henry Taylor’s major career survey, Henry Taylor: B-side.
Since the finalization of Brexit, galleries have moved or opened a new location in Paris as their EU headquarters. The historical art capital has renewed life with mega galleries and namesake art fairs returning their focus to Paris.
Henry Taylor, a Los Angeles-based artist, is a master of visual language with a career spanning four decades that encompasses a wide range of painting, sculpture, and installation works.
He draws inspiration from historical references, and his work is often personal, incorporating historical and contemporary cultural references and creating a rich and complex context for his observations and commentary on Black America, ranging from concerned to witty.
One of his that will be shown at Hauser & Wirth, “I got brothers ALL OVA the world but they forget we’re related,” is a group portrait of Taylor’s brothers, with the word “victory” painted in a way that resembles the classic American bubble gum brand’s logo.
In preparation for his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Paris, Taylor attended a Parisian residency in June and July. He was inspired by the city’s unparalleled collection of historical art, such as the Musée d’Orsay, where he was surrounded by the work of French Impressionists, Expressionists, and Fauvists who have inspired him since childhood.
To learn more about Taylor’s artistic journey, check out the video below, where he spoke about his practice at the 2019 Venice Biennial.
Paris+ par Art Basel
The fair will open to VIP guests on Wednesday, October 18th, before opening to the general public on Friday, October 20th, at The Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary exhibition hall in Champ-de-Mar. It was built to serve as the interlude venue for the Grand Palais during renovations for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The Paris+ par Art Basel fair was held for the first time last year, and it has already become a fixture on the calendars of American collectors. This summer, fewer people traveled to the original fair in Switzerland, choosing instead to save their European trip for the Paris event in the fall.
Galleries have also aligned their calendars for their most extensive exhibition or opening in October. Albeit November is kept for photography to align with Paris Photo.
Hauser & Wirth Paris
Hauser & Wirth, an international art gallery that showcases contemporary art with thought-provoking and stimulating exhibitions, is all set to open its new location in Paris on October 14th. This is a significant milestone for Hauser & Wirth, as it has been their long-standing dream of the gallery and its artists to have a Paris location.
The Paris gallery will work closely with local partners to create an inclusive learning program. Séverine Waelchli (Senior Director, France,) formerly of Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, will lead the Paris and Monaco locations.
The new gallery is at 26 bis rue François 1er, a stunning neo-classical hôtel particulier from 1877. It is situated on the right bank of the River Seine, close to the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement.
Henry Taylor at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Henry Taylor: B Side at the Whitney Museum of American Art is so far the most comprehensive exhibition of Taylor’s work, featuring over 130 pieces from the late 1980s to the present.
The survey is traveling from The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA LA) and curated by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Anastasia Kahn, Curatorial Assistant.
The thematic exhibition highlights several of the artist’s significant subjects, including his family and artistic community, street scenes, icons of politics and music, and encounters with racism, policing, and American history.
In addition to paintings, the exhibition includes assemblage sculptures, early drawings, and painted objects.
Los Angeles Magazine toured the original exhibition in Los Angeles alongside Taylor. In the article, ‘Henry Taylor, L.A.’s Favorite Painter, Flips the Retrospective,’ writer Michael Slenske inquires how the beloved “working-class motherfucker” artist now views his journey to the top of the art world.
The article overviews the reviews of the exhibition:
This B side—or “flip,” in Taylor’s parlance—on the greatest-hits-style retrospective, has engendered rave reviews. Vanity Fair dubbed it “probably the most talked-about show in town.” The Los Angeles Times called it a “big, brash, vital retrospective,” while Artnet opined, “There is something both universal and achingly individual, with many of his paintings serving as character studies spliced with social commentary.”
You can read the article here: https://lamag.com/art/henry-taylor-moca-los-angeles-flips-the-retrospective
Paris Art Gallery Map
Hauser & Wirth Paris | Oct 14, 2023 | 26 bis rue François 1er in the 8th arrondissment of Paris, France
Henry Taylor: B-side | Whitney Museum of American Art | Member Preview: Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2023, General Public: Oct 4, 2023 – Jan 2024 | 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District of New York City, USA | Website Tickets | Whitney Museum of American Art: Entry Ticket on Tiqet
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Zoom into Paris to see Hauser Wirth Paris near Champs-Élysées or the Grand Palais Éphémère near the Eiffel Tower if you are going to Paris+ par Art Basel.
You can also pan across to New York and zoom in on Manhattan to view the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District.