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Steph and I went to New York in April and was able to catch Cai Guo-Qiang’s takeover of the Guggenheim, called I Want To Believe. I normally have reservations about seeing high art, caused mostly by the stench of privilege and pretension reeking from within the museums they occupy, but I was extremely impressed with Cai Guo-Qiang’s work. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s Chinese.

He is known mostly for his work with gunpowder and pyrotechnics – he orchestrated the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony fireworks in Beijing – but his breadth of work stretches far beyond blowing things up. Peep the concept into his controversial remaking of the famous Rent Collection Courtyard (Click picture below):

However, if it’s blowing stuff up that you like, you HAVE to watch this video of him creating one of his gunpowder paintings:

Video: The Pyrotechnic Imagination


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