Untitled, 2020

Henry Taylor
CalArts ’97
Portrait of man
A group of people in historical photograph, their faces covered with four colorful dots
Man standing next to image for scale
Artist signature

Untitled, 2020


Coventry Rag Smooth White

Edition of 20 with 4 APs

Print Dimensions: 50 1/4 × 32 inches (127.6 × 81 cm)

Framed: 52 5/8 × 34 3/8 × 2 inches (133.7 × 87.3 × 5.1 cm)

Printed by El Nopal Press

Published by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for CalArts

© Henry Taylor

Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe

Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Current sales price: $25,000 (framed)

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CalArts is delighted to announce the publication of Henry Taylor’s Untitled, 2020, a new limited edition serigraph print, in an edition of 20, printed by El Nopal Press and published by Lisa Ivorian-Jones. This arresting and powerful work depicts Malcolm X being interviewed by reporters in 1964, the same year that President Lyndon Johnson ran for re-election. Malcolm X referred to 1964 as “the year of the ballot or the bullet”, in his call for a global fight for racial justice, stating, “We intend to expand [the freedom struggle] from the level of civil rights to the level of human rights.”

As homage to beloved CalArts professor and Los Angeles based late artist John Baldessari, Taylor conceived and completed this series during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this work, Taylor places stylistic and bold brightly-hued dots over the faces of Malcolm X and the others depicted in the original image captured by Herman Hiller. In so doing, he expertly pushes this historic photograph of Malcolm X firmly into the present and begs a revisitation of both the words of Malcolm X and the work of Baldessari. Taylor provides a poignant reflection on a tumultuous year—one defined by social unrest and racial injustice in the United States, starkly and inescapably laid bare during the Covid-19 pandemic and election.

About Henry Taylor

Taylor lives and works in Los Angeles. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and his work is in prominent public collections including the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris, France, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg PA, The Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA, Museum of Fine Art, Houston TX, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham NC, Pérez Art Museum, Miami FL, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY.

In 2018, Taylor was the recipient of The Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize in 2018 for his outstanding achievements in painting. Taylor’s work was presented at the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY in 2017 and 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy in 2019. Taylor will open a solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in February of 2021. A major survey exhibition of his work is also due to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in the Spring of 2022.

For sales and availability, please contact Henderson Blumer at CalArts, 661-222-2742 or hblumer@calarts.edu