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Nick Cave to talk art and empowerment in Tampa

Plus, new exhibits at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Clyde Butcher’s Cuba and a new gallery in St. Petersburg.
Three of Nick Cave's Soundsuits. The artist will present a talk and lead a workshop in Tampa next week. [Courtesy of Nick Cave]
Published Oct. 2
Updated Oct. 2


Chicago-based artist and educator Nick Cave works in many forms, including sculpture, performance, installation, sound and video. He is not the Australian lead singer of the post-punk band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He’s probably most known for his incredible Soundsuits, life-size, wearable sculptures he began making as a reaction to the Rodney King beating. He started thinking about power and designed the heads to emulate miter hats of bishops or missiles. He’ll be in town next week along with his personal and project partner, Bob Faust. Their tapestry, Palimpsest, is on display at Tampa International Airport as part of the airport’s public art initiative. Cave will give an artist talk, and the pair will lead a tour of the tapestry. It’s free, but space is limited. RSVP to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Third-floor event space between terminals E and F. 4100 George J Bean Parkway, Tampa.

Cave and Faust will lead a select group of multidisciplinary University of South Florida art students through a workshop on identity and the art of introduction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. The public is welcome to drop by throughout the day to observe. Free, but space is limited, so RSVP to Theatre II, 3829 Holly Drive, Tampa.


New York-based artist Deborah Masters’ monumental sculptures of heads suspended from the ceiling reflect her visions of humans and animals in their social, existential and spiritual dimensions. They’re so big, her process involves many cranes. See them in her exhibition “Spirits," opening at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on Sunday. Also included is a series of painted wooden crosses depicting Christian imagery and global crises. And the museum has a complementary exhibition drawn from the permanent collection. “Altared States” explores the spiritual realm through sculpture, painting, ghostly photography and mixed-media objects. $10, $8 seniors, free for members, students with ID, 17 and younger and active military. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 600 E Klosterman Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762.

On Sunday, Deborah Masters' "Big Spirits" exhibit will open at Tarpon Springs art museum Leepa-Rattner. [Courtesy of Deborah Masters]


Clyde Butcher has traveled the world capturing nature in dramatic black-and-white photographs. His work is so well known, he was invited to Cuba to shoot the mountains by the United Nations’ Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountain. They’re on display in “Cuba: The Natural Beauty” at Gallery 114 at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City Campus. Butcher will be signing books at the reception on Thursday. Remains on display through Dec. 6. Free. 4:30-7:30. Palm Avenue and 15th Street, Tampa. (813) 253-7674.

"Via Escencia" by Clyde Butcher is on display as part of the Gallery 114 exhibit "Cuba: The Natural Beauty" at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. [Courtesy of Gallery 114]


St. Petersburg continues to prove itself a desirable city for art with the addition of Art Fusion Gallery. The gallery specializing in contemporary art recently opened. Artist William Braemer started the gallery 20 years ago in the Wynwood district of Miami, where its original location still features local and international artists. Check it out, meet featured artists and enjoy a nosh at the party. Free. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. 106 Central Ave.


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