nick cave encrusts hustle coat with jewels at art basel miami beach
 
nick cave encrusts hustle coat with jewels at art basel miami beach
dec 13, 2014

nick cave encrusts hustle coat with jewels at art basel miami beach

nick cave encrusts hustle coat with jewels at art basel miami beach
mixed media including trench coat, cast bronze hand, metal, costume jewelry, watches and chains
54 × 39 × 13 3/4 in / 137.2 × 99.1 × 34.9 cm
© nick cave / photo by james prinz photography
courtesy of the artist and jack shainman gallery, new york

 

 

 

 

chicago-based artist nick cave — best known for his extraterrestrial sculpture series known as ‘soundsuits’ — has presented a new body of work at art basel miami beach. his ‘hustle coats’ comprise classic trench outerwear lined with row-upon-row of glistening jewels, watches and chains. throughout the course of his work, cave’s creative obsession with costume and its relationship to culture has prompted the study of couture and ‘wearable’ art. these pieces allude to the coats worn by illegal street salesmen, who offer ‘knock-offs’ of luxury, brand name goods for a fraction of the price. this source of reference goes in line with cave’s overall interests: ‘I’m totally consumed by the special attire that has a powerful and meaningful purpose within a culture,’ he describes. 

 

priced at $60,000, the ‘hustle coat’ presented at the booth of new york-based jack shainman gallery sold within the first minutes of the VIP wednesday opening of art basel miami beach.

nick cave art basel miami beach hustle coat
watches, jewels, necklaces and gems line the interior of two trench coats

nick cave art basel miami beach hustle coat
gemstones and gold are encrusted into the trench
image © designboom

nick cave art basel miami beach hustle coat
a detail image reveals an obsession with costume and its relationship to culture
image © designboom

nick cave art basel miami beach hustle coat
detail
image © designboom

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