Nick Cave
American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist



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Nick Cave
American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist
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The first time I stumbled upon a Nick Cave piece (at the Seattle Art Museum) my initial reaction was one of confusion. Thinking of musican Nick Cave, of the Bad Seeds, it just didn't seem plausible to me that such a sinister frontman could lead a double life as the creator of whimsical, bejeweled ceremonial robes.

I was right. This Nick Cave is an African American artist who grew up in central Missouri with seven brothers. Early in his career, Cave designed window displays at Macys in NYC. He also did a stint in fashion design, and trained as a professional dancer with Alvin Ailey. These days he's known widely for his garment-like fabric sculptures and his performance pieces. 

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Nick Cave (born February 4, 1959 in Fulton, Missouri, United States) is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. Cave's family was large in size and always supportive of his artistic interests. He claims his upbringing gave him an artistic attentiveness to found objects and assemblages. Cave started his artistic journey by manipulating fabrics from older sibling's hand me downs. After he graduated Hickman High School in 1977, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute where he finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. He also trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey. His later sculptures focused on color theory, mixed media and large scale installations. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He still continues to work on Soundsuits as well as works completed as a sculptor, dancer, and performance artist.

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