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Artist of the moment…….Al Taylor



Al Taylor was an American artist renown for his sculpture and installation works often made from found materials. Al Taylor was born in Springfield, Missouri in the year 1948.

The artist considered drawing a vital element in his process of creating a new sculpture.

In this clip we catch up with our favorite art critic, the great James Kalm, and visit a show by Taylor called Rim Jobs and Side Effects:

Taylor attended the Art Institute located in Kansas City, Missouri. The artist also studied in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Taylor began his career as a painter. After a trip abroad to Africa he didn’t have enough money to buy new painting supplies such as canvas. It was at this point that he began to work as a sculptor in recycled and found materials.

He was one of the first artists to work with Plexiglass as a medium.

Al Taylor passed away in 1999 at the age of 51 years old due to lung cancer.

The artist is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $20,000 for drawings and paintings. No pricing available for his sculpture works.

Another artist making wonderful works of art from wire is Tim Flynn.


Artist of the moment…..Melvin Edwards

Melvin, or Mel Edwards is a fantastic American sculptor known for his work dealing with African- Americans, race, and politics. Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. For his collegiate studies he attended the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College. Edwards also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute.

1970 became the first African- American artist to have  a solo show of sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In college a major influence on Edwards was the artist from Hungary named Francis Erdelyi. Below a fine example of his style.


1976 he married a poet named Jayne Cortez.

price range information: Most works are small to medium sized and priced $5,000 to $15,000.

Has taught at many prestigious art schools including the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Has works in many prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, and the Houston Museum of Art, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Based out of New York City.

A link to the artist’s own website.

Most popular series was that titled “Lynch Fragments.” These were small works that now number more than 200 works. As metaphors for his feelings on race and what it means to be African American are signified by using hammer heads, locks, scissors, chains, and railroad splices.

In this clip from a fellow art lover, we see a print made by cutting aluminum with a laser done by Melvin Edwards. Another artist already profiled here is also  featured named Faith Ringold.

part 1 of a series done on Melvin Edwards by the Chouinard Foundation.

part 2 of the series with Mr. Edwards.

part 3 of the series.