Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011

Images of Nick Cave, Speak Louder

Seven humanoid figures have large, flat disks in place of facial features and are entirely covered in shiny, metallic buttons. Each of the figures is covered and connected by a long fabric that also covers the buttons.
Nick Cave, American, b. 1959
Speak Louder, 2011
Mixed media including black mother-of-pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature, and mannequins
Installed: 93 ½ × 199 × 123 in. (237.5 × 505.5 × 312.4 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Purchased jointly by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with funds provided by the Zell Family Foundation and by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2018.1

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: James Prinz Photography