Culture: Nick Cave

Some of you may remember when Grand Central was taken over by a herd of life-size colorful, costumed horses, dancing through Vanderbilt Hall to live music with a little help from students of The Ailey School. The utterly charismatic performance celebrating the centennial of New York City’s iconic terminal was the work of Nick Cave (the artist, not the musician- though when is that collaboration going to happen?).


Chicago-based Cave is back making NYC more vibrant this fall with joint shows at Chelsea’s Jack Shainman Gallery and a special art infusion into New York Fashion Week festivities.  On view through Saturday, October 11, ‘Made by Whites for Whites’ and ‘Rescue’ showcase a more serious side of Cave’s work, addressing historic racial issues, while keeping to his quirky and ornate use of found objects to create sculptures that are as compelling as they are magnificent.


Meanwhile guests at Grey Ant’s SS15 presentation were treated to a collection of Cave’s renowned ‘Soundsuits,’ whimsical, wearable sculptures that are somewhere on the spectrum between African ceremonial costumes and haute couture, alongside images created for Grey Ant’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition by Brooklyn-based photographers Josh Wool and Krisanne Johnson.

Cave will be speaking about his new book ‘Epitome,’ a monograph exploring his recent work, this evening, Wednesday, September 10th, at the New York Public Library.  Held in conversation with Nato Thompson, a contributing author and Chief Curator at Creative Time, which commissioned the 2013 Grand Central performance along with MTA Arts for Transit, the talk is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 5:30PM, and the event will be held from 6 to 8PM.  Go get your culture fix, and don’t forget to add a trip to both Jack Shainman spaces to your next weekend of Chelsea gallery hopping.

The New York Public Library’s An Art Book series event with Nick Cave and Creative Time curator and author Nato Thompson will be held September 10th, 6-8PM in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

Nick Cave, ‘Made by Whites for Whites’ and ‘Rescue’ are on show September 4th -October 11th at Jack Shaiman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street.  For gallery hours and additional programming check out

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Sarah Bertness is the Editorial Manager of social shopping platform, covering the arts, music, fashion and culture from Dallas in her spare time. She has a love for public art, all things vinyl, antiquing, wanderlust, and a good dose of color blocking and print clashing. You can follow her travels and musings on Instagram @sarahbertness.