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Artist Nick Cave Creates Cultural Experiences with Hope, Healing and Humor

Chicagoan Nick Cave describes himself as an artist with a civic responsibility. Driven by social and political goings-on in the world, he looks for ways to inform and engage the public. If that means sequins and sparkle, flea market finds and assorted bric-a-brac, so much the better.

“The elements of adornment and surface application embellish the darkness,” he says.

Read my profile of Nick Cave in the Fall 2020 issue of Chicago Life Magazine.

The Fall 2020 cover of Chicago Life Magazine has a photo of a Black American male from the waist up wearing a sleeveless plaid shirt
Fall 2020 cover of Chicago Life Magazine

Where to See Nick Cave’s Work Now: Through January 3, 2021

Nick Cave’s most ambitious project, “Until,” is on display at The Momentary contemporary art satellite of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“Until” is a mixed-media assemblage sparked by the question, “Is there racism in heaven?” The exhibition, spanning 24,000 square feet and two levels, bursts with colorful wind spinners, crystal chandeliers, beads and figurines such as black-faced lawn jockeys, gilded pigs, guns, targets, birds and flowers. Admission is free.

Three yellow industrial ladders lead to an overhead platform of chandeliers and beads in a large gallery space
Cloudscape segment of “Until,” by Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

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