Cai Guo-Qiang

Ladder to the Sky

Cai Guo-Qiang
$ 60.00| £ 40.00

Featuring stunning, never-before-published works, this is the most intimate book to date on the renowned Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

Produced in close collaboration with the artist, this volume documents new projects commissioned for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, alongside Cai Guo-Qiang’s own survey of his artistic journey and the personal cosmology that informs his work. It features a rich sampling of Cai’s wonderfully diverse oeuvre, including explosion events, gunpowder drawings, and installations. Informative essays and a conversation with the artist explore Cai’s influences, from traditional Chinese scrolls and his father’s miniature paintings to Asian philosophy and memories of his grandmother. Including never-before-published new works and unprecedented contributions by the artist himself, this book promises to be an important reference on Cai’s art for years to come.

Cai Guo-Qiang gives a generous overview of the artist’s career.”—Public Art Review

Hardcover, 192 pages, 23,5x29, 155 color illustrations, 10 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5242-8
US September 01, 2012
UK September 01, 2012
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Jeffrey Deitch is the Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Deitch

Rebecca Morse is Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Rebecca Morse

Philipp Kaiser

Philipp Kaiser has been a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art is Los Angeles since 2007. From 2001 through 2007 he was Curator at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel. He has written numerous contributions on contemporary art and has curated solo-exhibitions with Louise Lawler, Johanna Billing, Christian Philipp Müller, Simon Starling, Amelie von Wulffen, Sterling Ruby amongst others but also large-scale thematic exhibitions like »Flashback – Revisiting the Art of the 80s« and »Index – California Conceptualism«. He is currently working on the first American retrospective of Jack Goldstein. Philipp Kaiser will assume the post of Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in late 2012.

Shen Kuiyi

Kuiyi Shen is Director of the Chinese Studies program and Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego.

Lesley Ma

Lesley Ma, former Manager of Cai Studio, is earning her PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego.

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