Professor Taylor was educated at the Universities Bristol, Edinburgh and London in the UK and has taught at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford before coming to Solent. In 2000 he was a visiting scholar at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Yale University, and in 2001 and 2002 at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, and at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava.
In 2004 he was nominated a suppléant of the Commité Internationale d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), and in 2007 and in 2008 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California. His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian and Chinese.
His books include Art of Today (1995), republished in an extended form as Art Today (2005), Art for the Nation: Exhibitions and the London Public (1999), Collage: The Making of Modern Art (2004), Sculpture and Psychoanalysis (edited 2005).
Recent projects include a monographic essay for the retrospective exhibition of the Russian artist Leonid Lamm at the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg (2009), curating an exhibition on new baroque painting entitledAgainst Grids at the RIBA Gallery, Liverpool (2010), and a commissioned essay on the formation of the National Gallery, London, for an anthology to be published by the Getty Centre, Los Angeles, in 2011. He is currently completing a book on the consequences and legacies of Constructivism. Professor Taylor has lectured widely in the UK, the USA and several European countries, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.