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Description - Drawings of Al Taylor by Isabelle Dervaux

Featuring nearly eighty drawings and pages from a dozen sketchbooks that span Al Taylor's entire career, this book documents the artist's important achievements as a draftsman. This book investigates important and illuminating aspects of Al Taylor's drawings, which numbered over five thousand at the time of his death. It includes a chronological survey of Taylor's drawings from the mid-1980s, when he abandoned painting in favor of sculpture and drawing, and highlights the combination of technical refinement, humor, and sensuousness that characterises his works on paper. Stunning reproductions of the works, which were inspired by such ordinary things as tin cans, pet stains, and broomsticks, reveal the drawings' minute details, nuanced shading, and playfully agile pencil lines. Lively texts explore how the rich and complex visual sensibilities of Taylor's drawings resonate with that of late Renaissance and Baroque Old Masters. The book also examines Taylor's innovative approach to process and materials, such as photocopier toner, with its intense black, and the extreme white of correction fluid. Created with equal parts humour and technical virtuosity, and informed by scientific models as well as everyday minutiae, Al Taylor's magnificent drawings are meditations on form and structure that stand as testament to great draftsmanship. AUTHOR: Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. SELLING POINTS: Al Taylor was an American artist who began his career as a painter. After being a stage designer for a few performances in the 1980s, he turned to sculpture and drawing. He was known for being inspired by mundane objects including things he found on the street. This book focuses on the drawings of Al Taylor and his important contributions as a draftsman. 192 colour illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783791359496
Format: Hardback
(275mm x 240mm x 0mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Prestel
Publisher: Prestel
Publish Date: 22-Jan-2020
Country of Publication: Germany

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