Al Taylor

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Al Taylor
Study for wire instrument
Graphite and ink wash on page torn from spiral-bound sketchbook.
11 7/8 x 8 15/16 inches (30.2 x 22.7 cm)
Gift of Peter Soriano.

Although he began his career as a painter, Taylor turned to sculpture and drawing in the mid-1980s, often using found materials such as wires and broomsticks. During his short life he produced more than 5,000 drawings, which, while related to his three-dimensional constructions by their subjects, form an independent body of work of great sensuousness and painterliness. Taylor often worked out his ideas for sculptures in sketchbook drawings such as this one, which relates to the "Wire Instruments" series (1989-90). Wire resembles a line drawn in space, underscoring the important relationship between the artist's work in both mediums.


Verso: drawing with inscription in graphite, "Wire Instrument 1989."

Debbie Taylor (Lawrence Markey Gallery, New York); Peter Soriano, New York, 2003; from whom acquired by the Morgan, 2020.
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