Kim Taylor came to the University of Texas in 1960 as director of the Book Arts Center, associate editor of The Texas Quarterly, and consultant to the university publications program. As a self-taught printer with his own imprint – Taylor’s Ark Press – with experience working in England, India, and Switzerland, Taylor brought a new influence to southwestern bookmaking.
During his Texas years, Taylor produced a seemingly endless flow of books, exhibition catalogues, posters, and invitations. With apparently neither a day off nor an off day, the quality of his output is uniformly high. Plotting his own individualistic course of design, his work is readily recognizable, strongly personal, and strongly stated. Nothing like it had been seen previously in Texas, nor has its like been seen since. Yet in their often idiosyncratic way, his formats complement their subjects appropriately and effectively.
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