Presidential Lectures on Art and Art History: Nick Cave
|Nick Cave and his Soundsuits.|
Contemporary artist Nick Cave, based in Chicago, has presented solo exhibitions around the world, including exhibits in France, Italy, New York and throughout the United States. His works are included in public collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Cave has won awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Ford Foundation among other grants.
Among Cave’s most recent shows was For Now, an installation of new work at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York in September 2011. For Now was an exhibit of the artist’s daring and iconic “Soundsuits.”
According to the Mary Boone Gallery, Soundsuits are: “hybrid sculptural forms based on the scale of the artist’s body. The Soundsuits camouflage and amplify the body, creating an exuberant second skin that conceals race, gender, and class.
“Cave builds on a long and multifarious world history of accreted fetishes and Shamanistic figures, bringing together a range of raw and manufactured materials to create an installation that he heralds as a ‘psychedelic, functified freak show that is an accumulation of the decades from the perspective of voodoo woo-loo.’
“For Now is like walking into a frozen frame of Soundsuits interacting on a playground without rules – a celebratory release of color, chaos, exuberance, and a surplus of dares that are caught in the act.”