Untitled (Tide Tab)

The luscious colors and painterly handling of this drawing contrast with the banality of its subject. A typical example of Taylor’s aptitude for finding artistic motifs in the most insignificant details of everyday life, it was inspired by the tabs of Tide laundry detergent boxes, which curl when pulled to open the carton.

Al Taylor (1948–1999)
Untitled (Tide Tab), ca. 1993
Grease pencil, wax crayon, graphite, and gouache
The Estate of Al Taylor
Photography by Glenn Steigelman. © 2019 The Estate of Al Taylor