December 19, 2018

Nick Cave at Jack Shainman

Nick Cave's three exhibitions - If a Tree Falls, Whether or Not, The Let Go - Two gallery shows at Jack Shainman and one performance show at The Armory rounded out the year quite nicely for Nick
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If a Tree Falls, Whether or Not, The Let Go

What a year Nick Cave has had.

Two gallery shows (which let’s be honest, one spanned over multiple Jack Shainmain locations..so basically three shows). 

Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

Architectural Digest wrote an article titled this year ‘Why Artist Nick Cave is Commanding the Spotlight Globally.’

Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

What AD was referring to was his epic show at The Park Armory where he turned the famous venue into a dance hall - other tenants of this space are the Tefaf Art Fair as well as the Art Dealers Association of America show.

‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

That’s a lot of action for any blockbuster artist like a Damien Hirst or Urs Fischer but Nick Cave came, saw and conquered

“Nick walks such a fine, intelligent line,” says Armory president and executive director, Rebecca Robertson. “The issues are represented there, but then he asks you to let go in a way that brings people together.”
Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

I’m sure Jack Shainman felt the same way when he began representing Nick in 2006.

Installation image from Nick Cave's 'Whether or Not' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea, NY

The two shows at Jack Shainman were ‘If a Tree Falls’ on view from November 1st – December 22nd, and ‘Whether or Not’, May 17th – June 23rd, 2018.

‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'Whether or Not' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea, NY

Jack Shainman sums up his three major exhibitions perfectly...

“If Weather or Not was the visual manifestation of states of mind, and The Let Go (Park Avenue Armory) an expression of states of being, If a Tree Falls explores a crucial underlying component of these personal and collective states – the state of the American nation.” - Jack Shainman Press Release
‍Mary Lynn Buchanan next to a work by Nick Cave from his exhibition 'Whether or Not' at Jack Shainman, Chelsea, NY

A theme that’s present throughout most of Nick’s exhibitions are gun violence and how it affects the black community.

In ‘Whether or Not’ “swirling cacophonies of colors are created from the layered mapping of cataclysmic weather patterns superimposed onto brain scans of black youth suffering from PTSD as a result of gun violence” - Jack Shainman Press Release
Close up of the works from Nick's show 'Whether or Not' at Jack Shainman in Chelsea, New York
‍‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'Whether or Not' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea, NY

‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

Cave is currently a professor of fashion design at (SAIC) - School of the Art Institute of Chicago . This is no surprise since he's widely known for his amazing use of textiles.

Close up from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

However, these exhibitions at Jack Shainman show his incredible range with all materials - particularly these metal and wood carvings.

‍‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea
‍Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea
"Cave’s hands reaching up from below evoke the desperation of Africans wedged into the holds of slave ships." - The Brooklyn Rail
Close up from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea
"While there may be despair, there remains space for hope and renewal. From these dismembered body parts stem delicate metal flowers, affirming the potential of new growth." - Jack Shainman Press Release
Installation image from Nick Cave's 'If a Tree Falls' show at Jack Shainman, Chelsea

I can't wait to see what's next from this incredible artist.

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