Clth, 10 x 13 in. / 372 pgs / 730 color.
Pub Date 8/10/2021
Catalog: FALL 2021 p. 137
ISBN 9781636810072 TRADE
List Price: $75.00 CDN $102.00 GBP £59.00
Palace Museum, 12/15/20–02/28/21
Pudong Museum of Art, 07/08/21–03/07/22
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Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming
Edited with text by Simon Schama. Text by Cai Guo-Qiang, Yu Hui, Wang Hui, Rachel Rivenc, Reiko Tomii, Sang Luo.
An epic exploration of the artist internationally renowned for his unique gunpowder art
This is the first publication to synthesize the fundamental concepts and methodological pursuits behind the art of Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), since his 2008 Guggenheim retrospective exhibition catalog I Want to Believe. Introduced through a comprehensive map and chronology and encompassing the visual and textual records from over three decades of Cai Guo-Qiang’s career, this book showcases the work of an artist renowned for his unique gunpowder art through his Individual’s Journey Through Western Art History. In a series of exhibitions at major museums and cultural sites around the world, including the Prado Museum, Uffizi Galleries, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, National Archaeological Museum of Naples and Pompeii Archaeological Park, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cai has engaged in dialogues with periods of Western art history as presented by the institutions. The series also retraces Cai’s expansive journey of homecoming through dialogues with his original passion for painting, the spirit of Chinese culture and his eternal home in the Cosmos.
This publication presents the culmination of Cai's Journey with the exhibition Odyssey and Homecoming at the Palace Museum, the first ever by a contemporary artist, coinciding with the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming'.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/18/2021
Featured spreads are from Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming, the new release from DelMonico Books, published to accompany the major traveling exhibition currently on view in Shanghai. “Cai’s prolific career has been about breaking barriers, those separating two-dimensional painting from multi-dimensional live events,” Simon Schama writes. “He has painted with fire and smoke, the fugitive moment of an explosion fixed in imprinted marks and strokes. Spectacularly documented here, it has also been a refutation of the assumption that voyaging purposefully presupposes an abandonment of origins. There is no zero-sum game here between home and away. Chinese roots, Japanese flowering, Western burgeoning are all part of the same organic growth, perennially ramifying. In a world turning inwards, agitated by chauvinist suspicion, Cai’s art faces outward.” Schama later concludes, “I believe that art which engages with the great, serious matters of our condition, and that of the earth we inhabit, is more needed than ever before. If, among the winnowings brought about by the pandemic, there is a discarding of the cheaply fashionable, the gaudily meretricious to make space for profound reflectiveness, then that is all to the good. And among the work that will endure and not just beyond our present plight, will be that of Cai Guo-Qiang. His 'odyssey and homecoming' is, of course, a triumphant conquest over cultural defensiveness; but when we experience his art, we travel somewhere further still: into the cosmic space where crass matter perishes and transforming creativity is born.” continue to blog
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