The Saint Louis Art Museum Welcomes Renowned Fashion Artist And Missouri Native Nick Cave

By Sarah Stallmann
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The Saint Louis Art Museum will present a free exhibition presenting new works by artist and Missouri native, Nick Cave, who has captivated audiences with artworks spanning sculpture, fashion, installation and performance. The exhibition, Currents 109: Nick Cave, opens Oct. 31 and runs through March 8, 2015, and will highlight Cave’s remarkable inventiveness of fashion and form.

Soundsuit, 2014; mixed media including beaded and sequined fabric, bugle beads, shoelaces, fabric, metal, and mannequin; Photos by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Nick Cave

Soundsuit, 2014; mixed media including beaded and
sequined fabric, bugle beads, shoelaces, fabric, metal, and mannequin; Photos by James
Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Nick Cave

Nick Cave is best known for his imaginative and theatrical Soundsuits—wearable sculptures composed of fibers as varied as raffia, hair, yarn, twigs, and items such as buttons, sequins and an array of found objects that Cave finds in flea markets and thrift stores. Soundsuits are named for the audible rustling and rattling these wildly mixed materials create when the sculptures are worn and performed.

Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Speak Louder, 2011; mixed media including black
mother of pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature, and mannequin; Photos by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Nick Cave

Cave’s recent solo exhibitions were at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Denver Art Museum and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Kemper Museum, Kansas City. He has also received various awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2008 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2001.

Cave currently lives and works in Chicago, where he is chair and professor of fashion design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum website.

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