Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange

March 2, 2023–October 22, 2023

A contemporary art installation by the artist Henry Taylor. A person walks near a totem created from a bale of house siding gathered as post-industrial waste. Atop the totem is a black flag. Behind it is a large painted backdrop, draping from the ceiling.
© Henry Taylor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. “Nothing Change, Nothing Strange,” 2023. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

“Palpably enticing” —Vogue

The result of an 18-month residency, this ambitious exhibition features an immersive sculptural environment created through Henry Taylor’s continued exploration of painting and sculpture alongside his first experimentation with textiles.

Nothing Change, Nothing Strange exemplifies many of the themes that run through Taylor’s practice and investigates the boundaries that have historically divided painting and sculpture. During his residency, Taylor collaborated with the FWM Studio team to assemble materials sourced from the Recycled Artists in Residency program (RAIR)—a non-profit organization focusing on the intersection of art, industry, and waste. Dissecting, merging, and mending these recycled materials has enabled Taylor to forge a previously uncharted avenue in his ever-expanding artistic process while examining how people and materials are held together, separated, and categorized both socially and systematically. In Nothing Change, Nothing Strange, Taylor considers the signifying potential of color and pattern, the complexity and parameters of space, and the historical persistence of oppression—illustrated by the exhibition’s very title.


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About the Artist

American, born 1958, lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Henry Taylor was initially exposed to the medium of painting through his father, who was a commercial painter at a naval air station. In junior high school, Taylor vigorously absorbed the major tenets of art historical discourse spanning the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. Taylor later studied journalism, anthropology, and set design at Oxnard College where he made the acquaintance of James Jarvaise, the Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Jarvaise was instrumental in instilling the young painter with a sense of vocational efficacy that helped Taylor focus his efforts entirely on his artistic practice. Taylor’s formal training came in the 1990s, when he studied at The California Institute of the Arts while also working as a psychiatric technician at Camarillo State Mental Hospital.

Taylor has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York (2012) and The Studio Museum in Harlem (2007). His work was also presented at the Whitney Biennial (2017) and the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). Taylor’s works are held in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, among others. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Taylor is currently the subject of a thirty-year retrospective, Henry Taylor: B Side on view until April 30, 2023 at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York later this year.

About the Curator

Nothing Change, Nothing Strange is organized by Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs DJ Hellerman, and Senior Project Coordinator Abby Lutz in collaboration with the artist and the FWM Studio team. The project was initiated by Karen Patterson, FWM’s former Director of Exhibitions.


Major support for Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange has been generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Katie Adams Schaeffer and Tony Schaeffer, Hauser & Wirth and Anonymous donors.

In-kind support has been provided by RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency) and Hauser & Wirth.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.