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Nick Cave: Forothermore - A Dazzling and Provocative Retrospective at the Guggenheim

November 18, 2022–April 10, 2023 | New York, USA

Nick Cave is not your typical artist. He does not confine himself to one medium or style, but rather explores a range of forms and expressions that challenge conventional notions of art, identity, and society. His work is colorful, playful, provocative, and powerful, reflecting his personal experiences in his home and church. He also developed an interest in fashion and performance, influenced by the psychedelic funk of George Clinton and the Chicago house music scene.

Some of his early works include fabric sculptures, paintings, and drawings that reflect his exploration of identity and spirituality called Until, which consists of thousands of crystals, beads, found objects, and chandeliers that create a dazzling landscape. The installation invites viewers to climb up ladders and look through the glittering surface to see hidden images of guns, bullets, and targets. The title is a reference to the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”, which Cave questions in relation to racial profiling and police violence.

Nick Cave: Forothermore is not only a retrospective of Cave’s artistic journey, but also a timely and urgent statement on the state of America today. It celebrates his creativity and courage as an artist who uses his voice and vision to address social issues and inspire change. It also challenges viewers to confront their own biases and assumptions, and to join him in imagining a more just and inclusive world.

The exhibition is curated by Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum. It is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where it was first shown in 2017. It will be on view at the Guggenheim until April 10, 2023.

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Nick Cave: Forothermore - A Dazzling and Provocative Retrospective at the Guggenheim

November 25, 2022

Fredrick Favour

2 min read

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