Nick Cave: Forothermore at the Guggenheim

Nick Cave art at the Guggenheim


I’ve long been a fan of Nick Cave’s art, and always enjoy seeing it when I can in museums, galleries, and art fairs. Here’s a video from when I saw his big show at MASS MoCA a few years ago. So when I learned that he had a show at the Guggenheim (at the same time as the Alex Katz retrospective), I had to see it!

The exhibition is titled “Forothermore,” and it is a survey covering the entire breadth of the artist’s career, featuring sculpture, installation, video, and some rarely seen early works. Installed in the museum’s tower galleries, the exhibition is grouped into thematic sections and are titled “What It Was,” “What It Is,” and “What It Shall Be,” inspired by an old African American greeting. The exhibition will unfold as a story with each chapter looking into the past, present, and future of Nick Cave’s art.

Nick Cave Forothermore exhibition at the Guggenheim
Installation view of Nick Cave’s “Forothermore” exhibition at the Guggenheim.

The picture above is from the “What It Shall Be” section, which includes Cave’s recent incarnation of his “Soundsuits” and monumentally scaled Tondo works.

Nick Cave art at the Guggenheim
“Time and Again,” 2000, by Nick Cave, on view at the Guggenheim.

I thought this piece was really interesting, both for the materials and the scale. Titled “Time and Again,” from 2000, the piece is made of found metal and wooden objects. The description provided by the Guggenheim gives insight that really makes the piece personal: “Time and Again” was made not long after the death of Cave’s grandfather, and “… serves as an ode to his family. In this piece, Cave arranges his grandfather’s tools, agricultural objects, and Christian symbols into an altarlike assemblage that honors a patriarch who was purposeful and meticulous. As with his later sculptures and installations, Cave here transforms humble everyday objects into something precious, celebrating the profound gifts within the mundane and the family values of thrift, creative reuse, and pride in manual skills that continue to propel his art.”

The exhibition is on view at the Guggenheim through April 10, 2023 … if you get a chance to go, I’d highly recommend it! Read more from the Guggenheim here.

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