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Thursday, June 30, 2011

New at CBMAA: Nick Cave

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has put another acquisition up on its website, and it's one that hints of things to come at the opening Nov. 11: It's a Nick Cave soundsuit, and it seems like a natural that L.A.'s Killsonic improv orchestra that has provided music to soundsuit performances should appear in Bentonville for the festivities.

Nick Cave is a Chicago artist who creates layered materials both as sculpture and as costumes that make sound when the wearer — looking like a dyed Yeti — moves. The UCLA video shows dance students enjoying the costumes; the brief shot at the opening includes a piece that looks much like CBMAA's new acquisition.

Nick Cave Soundsuit
  • Nick Cave "Soundsuit"

What a contrast to other pieces of art whose acquisition at a Sotheby's auction were revealed in Rebecca Mead's New Yorker interview with Alice Walton, the founder of the museum. (Great interview; must have a subscription to read it, but here's an abstract.) They include Gari Melcher's "Portrait of Mrs. H," below. (I reported on the Fraad auction, which is where and others in an article on the museum in 2007. Note the comment at the end of the story that disdained the idea of a museum in Bentonville, and said great works of art didn't belong there. Excuse me?)


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