An installation view of the exhibition titled Al Taylor, A / LOW / HA: The Hawaiian Works, at David Zwirner, New York, in 2020.

Al Taylor

A / LOW / HA: The Hawaiian Works

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David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures, drawings, and prints by the American artist Al Taylor (1948–1999) at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Spanning the last decade of the artist’s career, the works on view focus on Taylor’s fascination with Hawaii—its scenic beauty, history, oceanic culture, and the daily lifestyle of the Hawaiian people. Taylor first traveled to Hawaii in 1987, working as an art handler for a hotel developer on Maui and then again on Kauaiin 1988. These initial visits sparked the artist’s curiosity and became an important source of study and inspiration in his work over the ensuing years. Using his characteristic humor and deft draftsmanship, these works playfully examine ordinary objects such as plastic leis, broomsticks, and foam fishing net floats, and explore a range of the natural phenomena that he observed, including reflected sunlight and the flow patterns of ocean waves.

 

To celebrate his fiftieth birthday in 1998, Taylor visited Kauai and the big island of Hawaii. Upon his return—and inspired by his Hawaiian experience—the artist created an explosion of new drawings and sculptures, which, following his untimely death in 1999, would turn out to be his last works.

The exhibition at David Zwirner will coincide with The Drawings of Al Taylor, curated by Isabelle Dervaux at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, on view from February 21 through May 24, 2020.


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Image: Installation view, Al Taylor, A / LOW / HA: The Hawaiian Works, David Zwirner, New York, 2020

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Temporarily closed
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 5, 6–8 PM
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A mixed media sculpture by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (for Doug Britt), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Untitled (for Doug Britt), 1998
Foamed plastic fishing net floats, styrofoam, acrylic mica mortar and bamboo garden stakes
9 x 21 x 11 3/4 inches (22.9 x 53.3 x 29.8 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Al Taylor, titled Fish Floats (Council), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Fish Floats (Council), 1998
Pencil, graphite, and China marker grease pencil on paper
13 x 17 1/8 inches (33 x 43.5 cm)
Framed: 19 3/4 x 24 inches (50.2 x 61 cm)
A mixed media, wall-mounted sculpture by Al Taylor, titled Layson a Stick (Blue Balls), dated 1992.

Al Taylor

Layson a Stick (Blue Balls), 1992
Wooden broomsticks with enamel paint, wire, and plastic leis
35 1/2 x 28 x 39 1/4 inches (90.2 x 71.1 x 99.7 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (Layson a Stick), dated circa 1992 to 1993.

Al Taylor

Untitled (Layson a Stick), c. 1992-1993
Pencil, gouache, China marker grease pencil, and wax crayon on paper
22 x 15 inches (55.9 x 38.1 cm)
Framed: 28 7/8 x 21 1/2 inches (73.3 x 54.6 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Man in a Boat (#2), dated 1993.

Al Taylor

Man in a Boat (#2), 1993
Pencil, gouache, ink, and China marker grease pencil on paper
21 7/8 x 16 3/16 inches (55.6 x 41.1 cm)
Framed: 28 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches (72.7 x 57.8 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (Counting Without Riggers), dating circa 1998 to 1999.

Al Taylor

Untitled (Counting Without Riggers), c. 1998-1999
Graphite, gouache, acrylic paint, and acrylic mica mortar on Arches Aquarelle paper
22 5/8 x 30 1/8 inches (57.5 x 76.5 cm)
Framed: 29 5/8 x 36 3/4 inches (75.2 x 93.3 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Fish Float, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Fish Float, 1998
Pencil, ink, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
23 5/8 x 18 inches (60 x 45.7 cm)
Framed: 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches (77.5 x 62.2 cm)
A mixed media sculpture by Al Taylor, titled Waxed, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Waxed, 1998
Foamed plastic fishing net floats, ink, acrylic mica mortar and bamboo garden stakes on wood base with paint primer and wax
16 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (41.3 x 34.3 x 21.6 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Al Taylor, titled Wave Theory with Fish Floats (Rough Side), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Wave Theory with Fish Floats (Rough Side), 1998
Graphite, gouache, ink, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
13 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches (35.2 x 57.8 cm)
Framed: 20 5/8 x 29 1/4 inches (52.4 x 74.3 cm)
A mixed media sculpture by Al Taylor, titled (3 2 4 1 4 2 3): Counting Without Riggers, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

(3 2 4 1 4 2 3): Counting Without Riggers, 1998
Foamed plastic fishing net floats, bamboo garden stakes, and acrylic mica mortar
9 x 35 x 10 1/2 inches (22.9 x 88.9 x 26.7 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (Wave Theory), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Untitled (Wave Theory), 1998
Pencil, ink, gouache, and acrylic mica mortar on Chinese graph paper collaged to paper
22 3/4 x 17 3/16 inches (57.8 x 43.7 cm)
Framed: 29 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches (74.9 x 60.3 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (Wave Theory), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Untitled (Wave Theory), 1998
Ink and acrylic mica mortar on Chinese graph paper collaged to paper
16 x 21 3/4 inches (40.6 x 55.3 cm)
Framed: 21 11/16 x 27 7/16 inches (55.1 x 69.7 cm)
A drawing titled by Al Taylor, titled Untitled (Wave Theory with Floaters), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Untitled (Wave Theory with Floaters), 1998
Pencil, graphite, and ink on paper
22 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (57.2 x 40 cm)
Framed: 29 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches (74.6 x 56.5 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guard, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guard, 1998
Pencil, graphite, ink, gouache, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
22 3/16 x 16 1/16 inches (56.4 x 40.8 cm)
Framed: 29 x 22 3/4 inches (73.7 x 57.8 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guards (Palms I-V), dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guards (Palms I-V), 1998
Gouache, ink, and acrylic mica mortar on paper in five (5) parts
54 1/8 x 73 inches (137.5 x 185.4 cm)
Framed: 61 x 76 inches (154.9 x 193 m)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guards, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guards, 1998
Acrylic paint and acrylic mica mortar on paper
30 x 20 5/8 inches (76.2 x 52.4 cm)
Framed: 36 7/8 x 27 1/8 inches (93.7 x 68.9  cm)
A mixed media sculpture by Al Taylor, titled Without Riggers, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Without Riggers, 1998
Foamed plastic fishing floats, acrylic paint, bamboo garden stakes, and acrylic mica mortar
12 x 23 x 17 inches (30.5 x 58.4 x 43.2 cm)
A mixed media sculpture by Al Taylor, titled Without Rigger, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Without Rigger, 1998
Foamed plastic fishing net floats, acrylic paint, acrylic mica mortar and bamboo garden stakes on Formica laminate base with acrylic paint
12 x 32 x 8 1/2 inches (30.5 x 81.3 x 21.6 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guards, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guards, 1998
Ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
23 x 14 7/8 inches (58.4 x 37.8 cm)
Framed: 29 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches (75.6 x 54.6 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guards, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guards, 1998
Ink, acrylic paint, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
23 x 14 5/8 inches (58.4 x 37.2 cm)
Framed: 29 7/8 x 21 1/8 inches (75.9 x 53.7 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guards, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guards, 1998
Gouache, acrylic paint, and acrylic mica mortar on paper
22 x 16 5/16 inches (55.9 x 41.4 cm)
Framed: 28 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches (73.3 x 58.1 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Rat Guard, dated 1998.

Al Taylor

Rat Guard, 1998
Acrylic paint and acrylic mica mortar on Chinese graph paper collaged to handmade paper with acrylic polymer emulsion
33 3/16 x 23 inches (84.3 x 58.4 cm)
Framed: 41 1/4 x 30 7/8 inches (104.8 x 78.4 cm)

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