Cai Guo-Qiang Space Holes

Cai Guo-Qiang
Space Holes
2014

Commemorative silk scarf with original signature by the artist
61 1/2 x 16 inches
Edition of 600

Donated by GCS parent Cai Guo-Qiang.

Est. Value: Priceless

The scarf, which measures 61 1/2" x 16", is part of an edition created in conjunction with the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe at the Guggenheim Museum in 2008. The design of the scarf is based on Space Holes 2007, a Gunpowder work on paper in the artist's personal collection. Cai Guo-Qiang, one of the world's most influential contemporary artists, was born in 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China. Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. Among his many solo exhibitions and projects are Cai-Guo- Qiang: Sky Ladder, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012; Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2006; Transient Rainbow, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2002, and APEC Cityscape Fireworks Show, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Shanghai, 2001. Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, the 7th Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007, and the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. He was Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,New York in 2008, at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar in 2011 and in 2012 at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, and the Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2013 his solo exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis do Povo, travelled to three major cities in Brazil. Also in 2013 Cai created One Night Stand (Aventure d’un Soir), an explosion event for Nuit Blanche, a citywide art and culture festival organized by the city of Paris. His exhibition, Falling Back to Earth opened in November 2013 at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Australia. He currently lives and works in New York.