Nick Cave's 'Paintings' Installation Images

Created specifically for the long wall in this exhibition, this four-panel, 24-foot-long relief painting is decorated with scores of found, often secondhand, objects that are in keeping with an aesthetic Nick Cave describes as deliberately “gauche, lavish adornment” that verges on the baroque. Like other garden-inspired aspects of Cave’s work, this monumental piece suggests a kind of Garden of Eden with forbidden fruit while simultaneously creating an environment that evokes a place of refuge and contemplation.

Nick Cave: Sojourn is a special ticketed exhibition on view June 9-September 22, 2013.

Nick Cave: Sojourn is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible through the significant support of Vicki and Kent Logan, U.S. Bank, and PB&K Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Mitchell Broadbent and Sarah Cucinella-McDaniel discuss the next steps as they prepare to unpack the paintings crates.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Beautiful crystals that Nick Cave personally brought with him to Denver are organized and inspected before the artist drapes them onto his paintings.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, and metal flowers. Anschutz Gallery.

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Metal flowers, candelsticks, and ceramic vases are laid out for inspection before they are installed on Nick Cave's bas relief paintings.

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Installation of Paintings for Nick Cave: Sojourn, 2013. Full size paper templates are placed on the walls by the install crew to aid in placement.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Members of the installation crew remove paintings from shipping crates.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery

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Left to Right: Michael Earl Phillips, Nick Cave's studio assistant, and members of DAM install team, Ethan Tuers and John Lupe, prepare to hang a painting.

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John Lupe, fearless leader of the DAM install team, installs a crocheted tapestry that hangs behind one of Nick Cave's paintings.

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John Lupe, fearless leader of the DAM install team, instals a crocheted tapestry that hangs behind one of Nick Cave's paintings.

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Left to Right: Nick Green, Nick Cave's studio assistant, Ethan Tuers, DAM install team member, Michael Earl Phillips, Nick Cave's studio assistant, and John Lupe, DAM install team member, prepare to hang a painting.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery

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Left to Right: Nick Green, Nick Cave's studio assistant, Ethan Tuers, DAM install team member, John Lupe, DAM install team member, and Michael Earl Phillips, Nick Cave's studio assistant install a painting.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery

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Left to right: Michael Earl Phillips, Nick Cave's Studio assistant and Nick Cave inspect one of the paintings after it is installed.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Nick Cave prepares strands of crytsals before he attaches them to the paintings.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Artist Nick Cave does a final inspection of details on his paintings.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery.

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Artist Nick Cave drapes strands of crytsals he collected and created, as a final step in the installation of the paintings.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery

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Kevin Hester, DAM install team member, vacuums up any debris from installation.

Nick Cave, Untitled, 2013, Bas relief, mixed media including, ceramic birds, metal flowers and crystals. Anschutz Gallery

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