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Nick Cave: Power & Cycles

Holtermann Fine Art, London

Thu 5 Oct 2023 to Wed 20 Dec 2023

30 Cork St, W1S 3NG Nick Cave: Power & Cycles

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Artist: Nick Cave

Holtermann Fine Art presents Nick Cave: Power & Cycles, the artist’s first gallery exhibition in London. Born 1959 in Fulton, Missouri, the artist’s illustrious career includes his recent survey show Forothermore at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.


Nick Cave

Cast bronze and vintage tôle flowers

68.6 × 177.8 × 40.6 cm

Nick Cave

Resin and metal with bronze components. 15 lines of 15 wrists and 160 arms, installed in 3 concentric circles, 1 bronze pillow, 2 bronze heads, 1 bronze eagle

210 × 395 × 210 cm

Nick Cave

Mixed media including metal, wire, bugle beads, sequined fabric and plywood

182.9 × 182.9 × 10.2 cm

The politics of the human body lies at the beating heart of Cave’s sculptural imagination and the sculptures in Nick Cave: Power & Cycles offer a compelling insight into the artist’s present work.

At the centre of the display hangs a striking new work called Chain Reaction. This 4-meter-tall multipartite sculpture comprises 15 suspended chains – resin casts of interlocking arms and wrists, taken from the artist’s own body, hung in concentric circles in the gallery.

Also on view will be a new Tondo – a large wall-hanging sculpture made with brightly coloured wire, bugle beads and sequins. The work is a powerful metaphor for present-day environmental and social crises while Arm Peace, a work with tole flowers offers a gesture of defiance, remembrance, and love.

The show will be accompanied by a text by Dr Jon Wood

About the artist:

Nick Cave (b. 1959, Missouri), lives and works in Chicago. He studied at the Kansas City Arts Institute, North Texas State University and Cranbrook Academy of Arts. His work has been shown in one-person exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2022-2023); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2022); Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2021-2022); Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (2019); Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia (2018-2019); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2018); Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016-2017); Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO (2014-2015); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2014); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2011); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2009), among many others. Cave’s work is in the collections of numerous important museums in the USA including the Brooklyn Art Museum; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum; Detroit Institute of Arts; High Museum of Arts, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Los Angeles County Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Philadelphia Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Cave’s work is also in the collections of Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden; National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada; The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Australia. Cave has been Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1989; He was the 2017 honoree of Art in Embassies International Medal of Arts; September 16, 2017 was declared Nick Cave Day in Chicago.

Courtesy the artist, photo Ollie Hammick

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