This installation of four suits from the SAM collection features the work of contemporary artists Walter Oltmann and Nick Cave. Suits can be pin-striped, double-breasted, designed by Armani or Chanel. They can also sprout human hair or razor wire, or be full of stripes that were once worn on a multitude of feet. See how these two artists redefine this fashion icon and stage an encounter that defies convention. How much a man has in common with a caterpillar or second-hand clothes is illustrated in this unique quartet, on view in the Fourth Floor gallery adjacent to the Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries at SAM Downtown.
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Caterpillar Suit I, 2007, Walter Oltmann, South African, b. 1960, anodized aluminum and brass wire, 47 7/16 x 23 1/4 x 19 9/16 in., Promised gift of the Vascovitz Family, T2008.114.1, © Walter Oltmann