Betty Blayton Taylor (1937–2016) Untitled, 1968 Oil and collage on canvas 35 3/4 × 60 1/8 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of anonymous donor 1975.3
One of the founders of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Betty Blayton-Taylor was an important arts leader with a devotion to activism and the Harlem community. Untitled, created the year the Museum was established, features collage elements that blend with jostling quasi-organic forms of magenta, pink, green, and tan. Blayton-Taylor often turned to abstract patterns and warm color palettes to communicate dynamism, tumult, and the struggle to find balance in a world characterized by racial inequality.