God, I love Cai Guo-Qiang. I’m so sad I missed his retrospective last year but I’m also kinda glad I wasn’t in New York in the summer. It’s just so goddamn hot there that I avoid it between June and September. No artist is worth enduring the extreme weather and pollution. Maybe if Keith Haring rose from the grave, I’d put on some short shorts and double dutch down.
For those who don’t know, Cai Guo-Qiang is a controversial contemporary Chinese artist who does mixed media, installation and he was even chosen to do the fireworks show for the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. He was an obvious candidate considering he works a lot with explosives such as gun powder for his 2-dimensional work.
He’s also not a stranger to the fashion world as he has contributed to Visionaire (those $400 magazines available on Amazon or in used bookstores on Prince Street)
and also designed a limited edition charity t-shirt for the Gap a while back.
I can’t even articulate how amazingly evocative and powerful his work is. It’s work that actually speaks for itself in a lot of ways. I won’t even ruin these images with a full critique.
He’s the intellectual’s Damien Hirst.