Paul Taylor | Black Inc.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor has been described as an impresario, celebrity, dandy and intellectual with an indefatigable wit and sharp intelligence. A writer, editor and curator, he founded the Melbourne-based journal Art & Text in 1981, going on to curate several major exhibitions including POPISM at the NGV (1982). After relocating to New York, Taylor immersed himself in the city’s social and artistic milieus. Allan Schwartzman said of Taylor, ‘I can think of no other art writer who better understood the period, how it ticked, and how to make himself part of it’. As a resolutely international and Australian figure, Taylor’s contribution to art, culture and thought still resonates. His publications include Impresario: Malcolm McLaren and the British New Wave (1988) and Post-Pop Art (1989), both published by MIT, as well as Anything Goes: Art in Australia 1970–1980, an anthology of Australian art of the 1970s which Taylor edited and published. Impresario: Paul Taylor, The Melbourne Years, 1981–1984, a collection of Taylor’s early writings, edited by Helen Hughes and Nicholas Croggon, was published by Surpllus and Monash University Museum of Art in 2013.

Books from this author