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Cai Guo-Qiang

Explosion and spontaneity reign in Cai Guo-Qiang’s experiments with paint and gunpowder.

“Using gunpowder as a medium became a way to liberate myself.”

Cai’s prolific output over the past three decades has carved his place defiantly into the future canon of art history. While living in Japan in the 1980s he began to experiment with explosions by firing rockets at his paintings. Gunpowder evoked celebration within traditional Chinese culture, as well as the violence and protest of the Cultural Revolution that he grew up in. The explosions connect...

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Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, China, and has been based in New York since 1995.

The artist's expansive practice is the subject of Netflix documentary, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, released in 2016, and in 2007 he sold an original work for $9.3m USD at Christie's, Hong Kong.

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With the whole world watching, Cai was the Director of Visual and Special Effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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