Cai Guo-Qiang

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Cai Guo-Qiang (pronounced 'Tzai Go-Chang'; Cai is his family name) is one of the most important Chinese artists to have emerged internationally in the 1990s. Best known for his spectacular firework projects at locations ranging from museum entrances to the sites of Land art works such as Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Cai has explored a diversity of media and artforms. These have included works such as an extension of the Great Wall of China, designed to be seen from outer space by extraterrestrial beings; feng shui rearrangements of private living spaces both in Japan and New York; participatory projects with kites, jacuzzis and mini golf courses; and sculptures constructed from melted-down cars or abandoned boats. His projects are strongly influenced by their location and the works are frequently altered or developed as they are exhibited at new sites. Unifying Cai's wide-ranging work is his consistent investigation of humanity's place within the universe.Cai was short listed for the 1996 Hugo Boss Prize and won the Leone d'oro award at the 1999 Venice Biennale. He has been included in numerous biennial exhibitions, including Sao Paulo (1996), Istanbul (1997) and Venice (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001). His work has also been included in all of the key surveys of new Chinese art, including 'Cities on the Move' (Hayward Gallery, London and tour, 1997) and 'Inside Out: New Chinese Art' (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and tour, 1998).Cai was born in Quanzhou, China, in 1957. He lived in Tokyo from 1985 to 1995, before moving to New York. During the 1990s he emerged onto the international art scene and has become a major figure of contemporary Chinese art. With the exception of theAntarctic, he has made projects in all the continents of the world.His early works from the 1980s took the form of oil paintings, but these gradually evolved as he become interested in harnessing the power of nature to develop the work in new and unusual ways.His early e


Interview; Curator Octavio Zaya discusses with the artist his working practices and the continuity in his methods and attitude toward his work over the years. Survey - Curator and critic Dana Friis-Hansen traces the development of the artist's work from the early oil paintings, which he produced while living in China, to the complex and ambitious projects which he now conducts world wide. Focus - Curator Takashi Serizawa analyses a single work from the artist's Projects for Extraterrestrials series, Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Metres (1993). Artist's Choice - The artist has selected extracts from a contemporary Chinese manual of military strategy by Qiao Liang and Wang Xianhui. Artist's Writings - Cai Guo-Qiang's writings range from project notes, which detail the methods and thinking behind his works, to a new text on his unrealised and failed projects, and the role of chance in the creative process. Chronology and Bibliography


Dana Friis-Hansen is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Austin Museum of Art in Texas. Previously he was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1995-99), Associate Curator at Nanjo and Associates in Tokyo (1991-5) and Curator at the List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts (1989-91). Friss-Hansen was co-curator (with Fumio Nanjo) of 'TransCulture' at the 1995 Venice Biennale. Octavio Zaya is a critic and curator. Advisor of Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, (MUSAC) in Leon, Spain, and co-director of Atlantica, a bilingual quarterly magazine of art and culture, he also belongs to the editorial board for NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art and Lab 71 (New York), and is a US correspondent for Flash Art. He has co-curated such international exhibitions as the 1st and 2nd Johannesburg Biennials (1995 and 1997) and Documenta 11 (2002). Takashi Serizawa, once an urban designer, is now Director of the environmental and art organisation P3 Art and Environment in Tokyo. He is the author of View from the Moon: Hints on Living in the Twenty-first Century (1999), and the publisher of the website REALTOKYO.


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EAN: 9780714840758
ISBN: 0714840750
Untertitel: Empfohlen von 13 bis 22 Jahren. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2002
Seitenanzahl: 160 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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