Nick Cave I the Most Joyful, and Critical, Artist in America

By Megan O’Grady
Nick Cave, photographed in his Chicago studio on June 6, 2019
The inauguration of Nick Cave’s Facility, a new multidisciplinary art space on Chicago’s Northwest Side, has the feeling of a family affair. Outside, stretching across the windows along Milwaukee Avenue, is a 70-foot-long mosaic made of 7,000 circular name tags with a mix of red and white backgrounds, each of them personalized by local schoolchildren and community members. They spell out the message “Love Thy Neighbor.” The simple declaration of togetherness and shared purpose is a mission statement for the space, a creative incubator as well as Cave’s home and studio, which he shares with his partner, Bob Faust, and his older brother Jack. [More]
A collection of racially charged salt and pepper shakers that Cave found in a flea market and keeps in his studio. Renée Cox
One of the four covers of T’s 2019 Greats issue.