Cai Guo-Qiang was born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, in 1957. He has lived and worked outside of China since 1986, first in Japan and subsequently, beginning in 1995, in New York City. Cai Guo-Qiang has been appointed Director of Visual and Special Effects, and is a core member of the creative team, for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, which will take place in Herzog & de Meuron's highly anticipated stadium complex and will be televised to an estimated audience of four billion people, globally.
I Want to Believeby Alexandra Munroe, Guoqiang Cai, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Staff (Contribution by)
I Want to Believe accompanies the most comprehensive exhibition to date of the innovative body of work by Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang--best known for his spectacular artworks using gunpowder and fireworks. It presents a chronological and thematic survey that charts the artist's creation of a distinctive visual and conceptual language across four mediums: 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, this volume illuminates Cai's significant formal and conceptual contributions to contemporary international art practices and social activism. Generously illustrated more than 368 pages, this volume includes essays by Alexandra Munroe, David Joselit, Miwon Kwon and Wang Hui--along with some 60 documented plate entries. It is the defining scholarly publication on the artist thus far.
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