CAI GUO-QIANG (CHINA)


Cai Guo-Qiang : awarded
at the 48th Venice Biennale

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in Quanzhou, in China in 1957 and grew up during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). He immigrated to Japan in 1986 and, in 1995, to New York, where he works and lives.

In 1999 he was awarded one of the three International prizes presented to individual artists participating in the 48th Venice Biennale.

   Artistic Approach


Cai Guo-Qiang, Project for Extraterrestrials No. 16 : The Earth Has Its Black Hole, Too, 1994
Hiroshima Central Park
Passage of the text Cai Guo-Qiang takes 'The Rent Collection Courtyard' from cultural revolution model sculpture to winner of the 48th Venice Biennale International Award,
by Britta Erickson

"Cai Guo-Qiang's work is rich and varied, but he is best known for his site specific gunpowder events, and for his installations employing traditional Chinese medicines.

(His works) juxtapose the controlled activity of painting with the uncontrollable force of fire, highlighting the dichotomy between humankind and cosmic forces, while bringing them into harmonious conjunction in a work of art.

Cai subsequently developed a technique for 'drawing' on paper with gunpowder, and now makes gunpowder sketches as an integral part of his proposals for major explosive events. Such sketches, along with photographic records, are often the only tangible remnants of these ephemeral events."

   Project for the Biennale

Cai Guo-Qiang, Transient Rainbow, June 29, 2002
Video
Filmed by: Araki Takahisa
Edited by: Cai Guo-Qiang and Araki Takahisa
Commissioned by Museum of Modern Art, New York
Courtesy of the artist and the MoMa

Statement for Impression Oil Drawing: Transient Rainbow, work shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal 2002
by Cai Guo-Qiang

"This series of paintings are taken from past explosion events, the still frames of the TV monitor replaying the video documentation converging with the still frames of my memory.

Painted in impressionistic style, I consider these to be drawings of sorts. The urge to paint them is the same as the basic desire for two-dimensional expression that attracted me to become a painter as a young man.

And in a world so full of changes and variables, the stability to work in a controllable space and environment is particularly attractive.

The difficulties facing painting and drawing today are also challenges for me in the exploration of the work."

   Works Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

Cai Guo-Qiang, Impression Oil Drawing: Transient Rainbow, 2002
Oil on canvas
3 sections of 153 x 197 cm each
(Total : 153 x 591 cm)
Courtesy of the artist

1. Impression Oil Drawing: Transient Rainbow, 2002
Oil on canvas
3 sections of 153 x 197 cm each
(Total : 153 x 591 cm)
Courtesy of the artist

2. Transient Rainbow, June 29, 2002
Video
Filmed by: Araki Takahisa
Edited by: Cai Guo-Qiang and Araki Takahisa
Commissioned by Museum of Modern Art, New York
Courtesy of the artist and the MoMa

   Solo Exhibitions and Projects (selection)
2002
  • Demeter, Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition, JapAn
  • Transient Rainbow, Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States
  • Cai Guo-Qiang, Shangai Art Museum, China
  • Cai Guo-Qiang, CHADO Pavilion, Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan

    2001

  • An Arbitrary History, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France (cat.)
  • Artistic Direction for APEC Cityscape Fireworks, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Shangai, China
  • UmoCA, Arte all'Arte, Arte Continua, Colla di Val d'Elsa, Italy
  • Performing Chinese Ink Painting, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
  • Impressionistic Drawings, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

    2000

  • Ascending a Staircase, 69th Regiment Armory, New York, United States
  • Project for Project, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France (cat.)
  •    Group Exhibitions and Projects (selection)
    2002
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal (Québec), Canada
  • Painting without Painting, Museum für bildende Künste, Leipzig, Germany

    2001

  • Artistic Direction for APEC Cityscape Fireworks, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Shangai, China
  • Form Follows Function, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'arte contemporeana, Turin, Italy
  • Mega Wave, Yokohama 2001 International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan
  • Bienal de Valencia, Spain
  • Project Refreshing, 49ième Biennale de Venise, Italy
  • Locus/Focus, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, Holland
  • Gift, Palazzo Papesse, Sienne, Italy
  • Visual environment for /Asunder, Yin Mei Dance, Danspace, St. Marks's Church, New York, United States

    2000

  • Shangai Spirit, Shangai Biennial, Shangai Museum of Modern Art, China
  • Open End-MoMA 2000, Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States
  • media_city_seoul, Seoul Metropolitain Museum, Korea
  • Echigo-Tasumari Art Triennial, Nigata, Japan
  • The Quite in the Land, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
  • Sharing Exoticism, 5ième Biennale de Lyon, France
  • Art/Unlimited/Basel/2000, Art/31/Bâle, Switzerland
  • The Act of Resistance, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, Donostia-San Sabastian, Spain
  • Biennial of Sydney 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Over the Edges, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
  • 2000 Biennial Exhibition, Withney Museum of American Art, New York, United States
  • Outbound, Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, United States
  • Wall, National Museum of History, Taiwan
  • Gratitude, Taiwan Museum of art, Taiwan
  •    Publications
  • RASPAIL, Thierry, Cai Guo-Qiang, Independent Publisher Group, 2002
  • ZAYA , Octavio, Cai Guo-Qiang, Contemporary artist series, Phaidon Press LTD, 2002
  • DAWEI, Fei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Thames and Hudson LTD, 2000
  •    Cai Guo-Qiang on the Web
  •  Chinese-art.com
  • ARTISTS


    VISUAL ARTS

      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

      Casagrande
         & Rintala


      Colette

      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez

      Koganezawa
         Takehito


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)


      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      Vedovamazzei
      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)


      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere



    LIGHT
    INSTALLATION

      Michel Iorio



    PERFORMANCE

      Cees Krijnen



     

     

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