The Transient Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

While some works of art have survived thousands of years others are as fleeting as a shooting star. A master of the ephemeral, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses the sky as his canvas and gunpowder as his paintbrush in his staged firework performances which can take place in day or night.

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Rainbow, Valencia, 2005

Black Rainbow, Valencia, 2005

Fallen Blossoms, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009.

Fallen Blossoms, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009.

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One Comment on “The Transient Art of Cai Guo-Qiang”

  1. […] Artist books are not so much books as book-like objects. They are in themselves a work of art, they come in all shapes, sizes and forms, often challenging our notions of what constitutes a book. Artists have come up with some pretty inventive ways of presenting their work, however the most bizarre I have encountered is by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. […]


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