Nick Cave Reappropriates Racially Charged Objects

September 26, 2014 8:12 PM

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Nick Cave Reappropriates Racially Charged Objects

Nick Cave's "Made by Whites for Whites" and "Rescue" are currently on view at Jack Shainman gallery's two locations in Chelsea (some of the new work was first seen at The School over the summer). The artist began this series when he found a container at a flea market shaped like the head of a black man labeled "Spittoon." Shocked and outraged, he began to consider how he might reappropriate derogatory objects such as these, in order to "rehabilitate the problematic loaded object and find a place of reverence and empowerment through reuse."

"Made by Whites for Whites" addresses the prevalence of American racist objects that are too historically significant to be destroyed yet too offensive to be displayed. Rather than discard the objects and ignore their existence, Cave reuses and recycles the racially charged objects, transforming the...

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