Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist and critic whose
writing has appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times
Magazine, New York Observer, Bookforum, and Rolling
Stone. Ghansah has drawn particular recognition for her
longform profiles of subjects like Kendrick Lamar and Toni
Morrison. In 2014, Ghansah's profile in The Believer of
elusive comedian Dave Chappelle was a National Magazine Award
finalist and collected in The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
(Hometown: Philadelphia; Residence: NYC)
Zadie Smith FRSL is an English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. In a 2004 BBC poll of cultural researchers, Smith was named among the top twenty most influential people in British culture. In 2003 and 2013, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors. Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Her most recent book is Swing Time, published in 2016.
Charles Gaines is highly regarded as both a leading practitioner of conceptualism and an influential educator at the California Institute of the Arts. Since his work first came to international attention at the Whitney Biennial in 1975, Gaines's work has been exhibited internationally, including Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., the Hammer Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the 56th Venice Biennale. Currently represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, NY, he has received an NEA grant and Guggenheim Fellowship. Gaines has written for art journals and catalogues, including Kerry James Marshall (Phaidon Press, 2017).
Hilton Als is an American writer and theatre critic. He is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University and a staff writer and theatre critic for The New Yorker magazine.
"Taylor shows "black history the way many black people actually
experience it," Smith writes." -New York Times Book Review
"OVERFLOWING WITH MORE THAN 200 IMAGES, this new monograph documents the practice of Henry Taylor, the Los Angeles artist known for his bluesy approach to abstract figuration. It's a wonderful book and a genuinely good read. The first major volume to survey his career, "Henry Taylor" offers five ways of looking at the artist-through full-color illustrations of his works, mostly paintings and some sculptures and installations; handwritten notes and jottings interspersed throughout the pages that capture his momentary thoughts; an interview conducted by fellow Los Angeles artist Charles Gaines; and essays by Harvard University art historian Sarah Lewis, acclaimed British author Zadie Smith, and 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. A testament to their readability (and Taylor's relatability), two of the essays were published in magazines intended for general audiences in advance of the book's release. Smith's distillation appeared in The New Yorker and Ghansah's feature profile was included in New York magazine."