Nick Cave, ‘Until’, 2016, MASS MoCA

About Nick Cave

Nick Cave is widely acclaimed for his exuberant “Soundsuits”—wearable sculptural forms based on the human body, intricately composed out of a vibrant assortment of second-hand materials. Simultaneously sculptures, costumes, and musical instruments, the Soundsuits are meant for motion. Cave and other dancers wear them, transforming them into transfixing blurs of color and sound for performances and video works. Contemplated on mannequins, the Soundsuits seem to embody the full range of human emotions. Some, covered with a pelt of dyed twigs with baskets for heads, resonate sadness; others, composed of a crazy array of colorful blankets or thrift-store tchotchkes, burst with joy and humor. “I’m totally consumed by the special attire that has a powerful and meaningful purpose within a culture,” Cave explains. “I’m looking at rituals and ceremonies: Mardi Gras, Indian clothing, West African pieces, Carnival in Trinidad.”

American, b. 1959, Missouri, United States, based in Chicago, Illinois

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
2017
Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
2016
The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
2016
Nick Cave: Until, MASS MoCA, North Adams

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Nick Cave: Until, MASS MoCA, North Adams

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
2017
Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
2016
Annual Holiday Sale, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
2016
2016
The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
2016
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
2016
New Editions 2015, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
2015
Holiday Gifts for Kids!, ArtStar, New York
2015
ArtStar Holiday Gift Guide, ArtStar, New York
2015
Chrissy's Top Picks, ArtStar, New York
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