Henry Taylor. Untitled. 2011

Henry Taylor Untitled 2011

  • Not on view

This is a portrait of Taylor's friend Will Gillespie, nephew of the American jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, painted—like many of the artist's portraits—in a single sitting of less than two hours. Taylor incorporated personal details such as Gillespie's necklace and folded hands, meant to symbolize his identification as a practicing Buddhist. While evoking traditional portraiture, Taylor paints in a loose and intuitive style that is intensely individual. He took up painting late in life after working an assortment of odd jobs, including ten years as a psychiatric nurse; he worked at a state hospital while, eventually, pursuing studies at the California Institute of the Arts.

Gallery label from 2013.
Acrylic on canvas
78 x 62" (198.1 x 157.5 cm)
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at digital@moma.org.


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.