Nick Cave

Born 1959
Hometown Jefferson City, MO
Lives and Works Chicago, IL
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1989
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 1982

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Nick Cave's hybrid creations are part Alexander McQueen, part Andy Warhol, and wholly bizarre, brash, and beautiful. He combines elements of sound, performance, color, and costume to create whimsical works that even the darkest soul would find hard to resist.

Born in Missouri, Nick Cave showed an early talent for performance before moving to New York City to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Followed by visual art studies in Missouri and Michigan, Cave's genre-expanding work straddles both dance and visual art to explore the ways that African identity is subsumed into disparate cultural codes. Director of the fashion graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cave has built a notable reputation as an educator and artist.

Click here to read our interview with Nick Cave about his soundsuits and his Heard NY performance.

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