William Taggart, American (1936 - 2007)

William Taggart

Born in Buffalo, NY, in 1936, he received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Ford Foundation Fellowship and an MFA from the University of New Mexico. After he moved to New York his work was shown at the Betty Parsons Gallery from 1970 until Parsons' death in 1982. His work was featured in group shows and one-man exhibitions throughout the U.S. and is held in many private and public collections, including the American embassies in Bonn, Mexico City, and New Delhi; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; IBM; the Prudential Insurance Company and the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

William Taggart developed his bold use of color while studying at the University of New Mexico and in- directly from the work of Joseph Albers'. Color is the chief medium of Taggart's pictorial language. His use of color has a physic effect emphasized by the abstract spatial quality of his canvas. The center of his work is a painterly command of color: hues controlled by brilliant colors that act as abstract symbols and incorporate in the overall picture plane. Taggart's paintings have a humorous nature which is transposed into a concentrated abstract story telling imagery.

One Man Exhibitions

Griffin Gallery, New York City, 1968
Cooper Union, New York City, 1971
Whitney Museum Resources Center,
New York City, 1974
The Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City, 1974
The Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City, 1976
Liberty Art Center, Libertyville,
Illinois, 1978
David Gerson Gallery, Nantucket,
Massachusetts, 1978
010 Dominion University, Norfolk,
Virginia, 1978
Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery, New York City, 1978

Selected Group Exhibitions

Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1964
Florida State University, 1964
Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, 1966
Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1966
University of New Mexico, 1967
The Betty Parsons Gallery, Inc.,
New York City, 1971,1972,1973
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City, 1973
Pace University, New York City, 1974
The Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City, 1975
Snead Hiliman Gallery, Rockford, ILL., 1976
Webber Gallery, Portland, Maine, 1977
The Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City, 1979
Eugene Cuculan Gallery, New York City, 1979
Indianapolis Museum, Indiana, 1978

Public Collections and Installations

Art in the Embassie Program: Bonn, Germany;
New Delhi, India, 1966
University of New Mexico; Aiburguergue,
New Mexico, 1967
Installation, P.3.3; New York,
New York 1972
International Arrivals Building; JFK Airport,
New York, 1973
Albright-Knox Museum; Buffalo, New York, 1976

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