Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art

April 24, 2015 7:54 PM

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Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art

The artist known for gunpowder drawings and ‘explosion events’ on his latest shows and what today’s Chinese art is missing

The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them. “I would burn a big hole in the middle of the ca...

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