Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment.
Cave has several important institutional projects concurrently on view, including Nick Cave: Feat, which opened at the Frist Art Museum (2017 – 18), then travelled to the Orlando Museum of Art (2018) and the Akron Art Museum, the Glenbow Museum, and the Mississippi Museum, all in 2019. Cave was recently the subject of Until, a major solo exhibition of new work at Mass MoCA in 2016 – 17, which travelled to Carriageworks (2018 – 19), then to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2020. Other recent solo exhibitions include The Let Go at the Park Avenue Armory in June 2018.
Public collections include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark, among others.
Nick Cave has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2006. Cave is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.