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Cai Guo-Qiang

The Art of War

By Don J. Cohn

Having addressed a fictive outer space audience for much of his career, an explosive artist comes back to earth for a landmark survey at New York's Guggenheim Museum

Cai Guo-Qiang with HEAD ON (2006) and BORROWING YOUR ENEMY’S ARROWS (1998) in the background. All images courtesy Cai Studio, New York.


In late January, as the main atrium of the Guggenheim Museum was cleared and reduced to a vast white nautilus shell, workers were hoisting cars, juggling wolves and laying down a…

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