Nick Cace portrait (photograpg detail) - photo by Sandro

Nick Cave/ Nick Cave

United States 1959

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Art, Video Art

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Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Male
United States
1959

Nick Cave is an artist working between visual and performing arts. In his pieces, he deals with topics as diverse as cultural identity, racial stereotype, and creative transformations. Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of mediums including installation video, sculpture, sound, and performance. He’s best known, however for creating sculptural pieces scaled upon his body which he entitled soundsuits. These soundsuits represent an array of costumes that cover the human body and make a sound when worn.

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Nick Cave – Until, Installation View at Mass Moca

Nick Cave – An Artist Whose Works Surpass Stereotypes

Nick Cave was born on February 4th, 1959 in Fulton, Missouri, USA as one of the seven children raised by a single mother. Due to the poor financial status in his childhood, the American first focused his attention to found objects and assemblage. He learned how to sew in Kansas city art institute’s fabric department where he earned a Bachelor of Fine arts degree in 1982. At the same time, he became involved in Alvin Ailey program in Kansas City and New York where he was tough how to dance. In 1989 Nick Cave got his master degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Race and racial stereotypes are recurrent topics in Nick Cave’s artworks. His sculptures usually play with a variety of stereotypes presenting black hands picking up a basketball or typical “negro” heads, dolls, or figures that stare out at the viewer. By placing his sculptures in the historical context, for example, by pairing them with slavery ships and cotton fields (like in his Made By Whites For Whites exhibition in 2014), he simultaneously creates a distance between then and now, but also highlight the fact that the remains of the deeply racist society still exists in people today.

Nick Cave is interested in a variety of political, social and racial issue

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Nick Cave – Heard of Horses, 2016

Soundsuit – Between an Armor and a Carnival Costume

Nick Cave is best known for his iconic, otherworldly soundsuits, sculptures that encompass the people body in an array of unusual materials such as plastic buttons, beads, and sequins but also feathers and dyed human hair. The pieces resemble African ceremonial costumes and masks but also draw inspiration from European carnivals and ball culture. The American art-maker created his first soundsuit in 1992 after the murder of Rodney King a young black man brutally killed by the police.[1] He used sticks and twigs gathered from the ground and composed them into a suit that made sound when worn. The creation of the soundsuit was a response to the feeling of vulnerability he endured as a black man during that difficult time. Nick Cave’s soundsuts are designed to act as a second skin that hides the features of race, gender, and class thus forcing the viewers to forget about their prejudice. [2] The bigggest exhibition of his suits took place at Nick Cave: Recent Soundsuits on view at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2009. With their hybrid identity of sculpture and fashion, the colorful soundsuits represent a basis for numerous photo-shoots and performances that the artist made. Accompanied by happy music and rhythm, these performances make soundsuits come to life. Their visceral energetic nature provides a celebratory aspect to the performative act but a deeper insight into the pieces will unveil a series of the psychological, social and political topic that the performances cover.[3]

Passport to the Playground Act 4 at Jack Shainman gallery -a video showing a vivid performative work of art by Nick Cave

Exhibitions and Art Awards

In October 2016, Nick Cave set up his installation Until at Mass MOCA museum in Massachusetts. The exhibition is inspired by the legal principle “innocent until proven guilty“, and its constant abuse. The project brought hundreds of colorful ponies, gilded pigs, ceramic birds, and fruits to the floor of the museum and it represent a response to the ongoing crisis of violence, police brutality, and race relations. The atmosphere surrounding Rodney King murder and the accompanying riots have lived its revival in the Black lives matter movement and the events that initiated its creation. This was the biggest project on view at Mass MoCA focused on a single participant. Apart from being a visual and performance artist Nick Cave is also an educator. An artist who received his MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, is employed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as the Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department. Throughout his career Nick Cave received numerous grants and awards and had over 50 international exhibitions including 30 Americans at The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, in 2013 Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, 2014, and Sojourns at Denver Art Museum, in Denver, 2013.

The artist lives and works in Chicago, United States.

References:

  1. Beckwith, N. “Cave, Nick”. Oxford University Press. (2017)
  2. Bongovani D., (2015), Wild costumes fuel Nick Cave’s performance art, JConline, [March 4, 2017]
  3. Sharp S., (2015), Nick Cave on Tackling Really Hard Issues with Art, Hyperallergic, [March 4, 2017]

Featured images : Nick Cave – Portrait
Images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Nick Cave: Property The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MOSolo
201620th Anniversary Exhibition Hosfelt Gallery San Francisco, San Francisco,Group
2015Nick Cave: Here Hear Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MISolo
2015Surrealism: The Conjured Life Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2014Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OHSolo
2014Nick Cave Made By Whites For Whites / Rescue Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Disguise: Masks and Global African Art Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014You go to my head Galerie Daniel Templon Brussels, BrusselsGroup
201430 Americans Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2014Encounter: Nick Cave Kent State School of Art Gallery, Kent, OhioSolo
201430 Americans The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MIGroup
2014Disguise: Masks & Global African Art Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now Ursinus College, Collegeville, PAGroup
2014Us Is Them Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OHGroup
2014Necessary Force: Art In The Police State University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2014Affinity Atlas The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2014The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2014Between History and the Body The 8th Floor, New York City, NYGroup
2014The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena de IndiasGroup
2014e:Purposed The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FLGroup
2014Piece by Piece: Building a Collection Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2014Objets : pouvoirs secrets Passage de Retz, ParisGroup
2014Amerika David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Babin | Cave | Medvedz | Kupferschmidt Eleven Rivington, New York City, NYGroup
2014Pattern ID Akron Art Museum, Akron, OHGroup
2014Dead or Alive Museum of Arts & Design, New York City, NYGroup
2014Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Boise Art Museum BAM, Boise, IDSolo
2014Resurrectine Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York City, NYGroup
2014Nick Cave And Phyllis Galembo Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NCGroup
2014Call and Response: Africa to America Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NCGroup
2014Disidentification Göteborgs Konsthall, GothenburgGroup
2014Holding It Together: Collage, Montage, Assemblage Hosfelt Gallery San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Earthly Delights Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2014Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2 Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014More Material Salon 94 Bowery, New York City, NYGroup
201430 Americans Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans CAC, New Orleans, LAGroup
2014Currents 109: Nick Cave Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2014Disguise: Masks & Global African Art Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2014Nick Cave Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, Boston, MASolo
2014Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013 The World is my Skin Trapholt, KoldingSolo
2013Nick Cave: Sojourn Denver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
2013Seat's Taken Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VTGroup
201330 Americans Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2013FreePort [No. 006]: Nick Cave Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MASolo
2013Transit ICCO Instituto de Cultura Contemporanea, São PauloGroup
201330 Americans Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2013Hangzhou Triennial Of Fiber Art 2013 Hangzhou Triennial Of Fiber Art, HangzhouGroup
2013Black in the Abstract, Part 1: Epistrophy Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013Galen at The Galen Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2012Phantasia Tri Postal, LilleGroup
2012Mediations Biennale 2012 Biennale Office: Centrum Kultury Zamek, PoznanGroup
2012Remix: Selections from the ICC Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYGroup
2012The Haberdashery Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
20123 & 3 Bossuyt Gallery, LuxembourgGroup
2012Recent Acquisitions The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCGroup
2012Stretching The Limits: Fibers In Contemporary Painting SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GAGroup
2012Now Knowing Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MOGroup
201230 Americans Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VAGroup
2012American Dreamers Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, FlorenceGroup
2012Exotic Muses: Dancers By Robert Henri And Nick Cave Amherst College, Amherst, MAGroup
2012Migration ARNDT, BerlinGroup
2012Transit_Salvador Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, SalvadorGroup
2012Nick Cave Hiding in Plain Sight Austin Museum of Art Austin, TXSolo
2011ZerØ Waste: Fashion Repatterned Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
201130 Americans The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2011Pattern ID Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2011Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Center in the Square, Roanoke, WVSolo
2011For Now Mary Boone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Go Figure Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2011Nick Cave: Let's C The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PASolo
2011Prospect.2 New Orleans Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LAGroup
2011World Beats: Global Contemporary Art The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2011Nick Cave ever after Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
201130 Americans North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCGroup
2010Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Studio La Città, VeronaSolo
2010Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLSolo
2010Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009ÜberPortrait Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2009Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Solo
2009Portraits for a New Generation Nicholas Robinson Gallery (former Briggs Robinson Gallery), New York City, NYGroup
2009Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CASolo
2009The Art of Fashion Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, RotterdamGroup
2009Nick Cave Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2009Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYGroup
2009White Noise James Cohan Gallery New York, Group
2008Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook Reading Public Museum, Reading, PAGroup
2008Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention Stevenson, Cape TownGroup
2008Boys of Summer moniquemeloche, Chicago, ILGroup
2008...of the cloth The Shore Institute Of The Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJGroup
2008IMPLANT The Horticultural Society of New York Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Fashion Forward The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NYGroup
200830 Americans Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FLGroup
2008Everything Vs. Nothing Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Color Ten African American Artists Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FLGroup
2007THE COLOR LINE Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Black Panther Rank and File Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), WinstonGroup
2007The HandMaking Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PAGroup
2007Nick Cave Soundsuits Rollins College, Winter Park, FLSolo
2007Second Skins Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos by Nick Cave Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FLSolo
20063D An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2006Factory Installed The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, PAGroup
2006Soundsuits Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2006Black Panther Rank and File Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Unholy Alliance: art + fashion meet again Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ONGroup
2005Different Wavelengths Tina Kim Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2003tender prey Stichting Outline, AmsterdamGroup
2003Tender Prey Arti et Amicitiae, AmsterdamGroup
1998Nick Cave: Exhibition & Performance NIU Art Museum Solo
1997Nick Cave Grand Arts, Kansas City, MOSolo