Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
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Cai Guo-Qiang accompanies the most comprehensive survey to date of the innovative body of work of Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The catalogue presents a chronological and thematic survey that charts the artist?s creation of a distinctive visual and conceptual language across four mediums:gunpowder drawings made from gunpowder fuses and explosive powders laid on paper and ignited; explosion events, documented by videos, photographs and preparatory drawings; large-scale installations; and social projects,wherein the artist works with local communities to create an art event or exhibition site, documented by photographs. Featuring works from the 1980s to the present, the publication illuminates Cai?s significant formal andconceptual contributions to contemporary international art practices and social activism. The fully illustrated catalogue features essays by Alexandra Munroe, David Joselit, Miwon Kwon and Wang Hui, along with some sixty documented plate entries.

Table of Contents

Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believep. 20
The Dialectics of Art and the Eventp. 42
Image Explosion; Global Readymadesp. 50
The Art of Expenditurep. 62
Cataloguep. 77
Early Worksp. 78
Gun Powder Drawingsp. 88
Explosion Eventsp. 128
Installationsp. 188
Social Projectsp. 230
Anthologyp. 262
Chronologyp. 284
Selected Exhibition Historyp. 300
Selected Bibliographyp. 306
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