Up to the Minute: Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Dream,” 2008, Mixed media. Courtesy of Cai Studio.

Exhibition: I Want to Believe, the acclaimed retrospective exhibition of works by Cai Guo-Qiang (Season 3) closes at the Guggenheim Museum, New York next Wednesday, May 28. Also closing is the special exhibition Everything Is Museum curated by Cai as part of the retrospective. Located in the Guggenheim’s Sackler Center for Arts Education, this installment of the artist’s ongoing series features works by Art21 artist Kiki Smith (Season 2), architect Norman Foster, retrospective co-curator Thomas Krens, artist Jennifer Wen Ma, and composer Tan Dun, as well as submissions by the public.

Book: Available in the Aye Simon Reading Room at the Guggenheim is Cai’s recent collaboration with Ivory Press, London–the limited edition publication Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks. The concept according to Cai: “Be careful of books. Be careful with books. Be careful or one can become a weapon-wielder. Be careful or one can become the victim.” The book, which can be “exploded,” is also on view through June 29 in the exhibition Blood on Paper: Art of the Book at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Installation: In Cordoipo, Italy, the artist’s installation “Dream” (pictured above) is included in God & Goods: Spirituality and Mass Confusion at Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art. Curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, the show aims to present the idea of the sacred and the spiritual through the interpretations of 28 artists. God & Goods closes September 28, 2008.

Fashion: Cai was one of twelve artists to design a t-shirt for a special project with the Whitney Museum, Art Production Fund, and the Gap. See his design at Gap.com.

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  1. This is one of CAi Guo-Qiang’s best works.

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