Al Taylor

Haunch of Venison

I vividly remember spending hours looking out the window of Al Taylor’s studio in Manhattan at the corner of Twentieth Street and Park Avenue. It was a privileged view. There was always a lot going on at the colorful intersection—a constant stream of traffic and sudden, surprising movements in the wild exchange of people and cars. One’s vision became gradually more contemplative, as the easy conversation started to take on its own improvisational rules, veering between logic and free association. Taylor died in 1999. What remain are the meandering traces of his thought and observations.

This show brought together a comprehensive group of sixty-four drawings (“Puddles”) and six sculptures (“Hanging Puddles”) made between 1990 and 1992. The view from above becomes a vista on paper: Puddles, ponds, pools, rivulets—whether left behind on the sidewalk by peeing dogs or by the rain, they were

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