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Nick Cave

Contemporary Art

Soundsuit transforms the human body. Since the early 1990s, Nick Cave has fabricated inventive sculptures out of scavenged materials, which make rustling sounds that respond to the wearer’s movements and give the works their name. Cave’s various Soundsuit works allow the wearers to assume new identities by alluding to a range of rituals, from ceremonial African dances to Christian liturgy.
MEDIUM Mixed media
DATES 2008
DIMENSIONS Exhibited ACTUAL dims: 112 x 43 x 35 in. (284.5 x 109.2 x 88.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Mary Smith Dorward Fund
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CAPTION Nick Cave (American, born 1959). Soundsuit, 2008. Mixed media, Exhibited ACTUAL dims: 112 x 43 x 35 in. (284.5 x 109.2 x 88.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, 2009.44a-b. © Nick Cave
IMAGE installation, CUR.2009.44a-b_James_Prinz_Shainman_Gallery_photo_NC08.jpg. Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION a) mannequin; b) headdress
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