Cai Guo-Qiang

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Every spring, a resurrection occurs in the Echigo-Tsumari area of Japan’s Niigata prefecture.

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The new Shigeru Ban–designed Aspen Art Museum will open with a 24-hour event this Saturday, but not everyone in town is happy.

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On July 17, a fishing boat traveled down China’s Huangpu River piled with 99 distressed stuffed animals. Camels, pandas, polar bears, leopards, and zebras clung helplessly to the dilapidated hull.

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An arts nonprofit in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk has found itself, and much of its collection, at the mercy of the Russian nationalist militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), an unrecognized self-declared body.

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PARIS — This is a vision of a universalized eclectic global art in forward motion: a relational aesthetic that seems to hover over many exhibitions in France as a great correctness that cannot be questioned, only tampered with.

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The first survey of Chinese installation artist Lin Tianmiao at Asia Society, called Bound Unbound, could not have a more fitting title. The artist’s sartorial sculptures, grotesque bodies, and fibrous compositions illustrate an artist bound by cultural convention creating art unbound in technique and concept.

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LOS ANGELES — We were all gathered outside the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary space near the Arts District, waiting patiently for the show to start. We’d lined up around the block, and I quietly wondered when things would get going and suddenly it seemed like a giant fireball was hurtling toward us. The whole crowd panicked, then screamed, then hooted, then cheered. Another fireball burst, and then it finished almost as quickly as it had started.

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Beautiful Dirt

by Allison Meier on February 13, 2012

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The art in Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has some of the best material lists I’ve ever seen: city dust and pencil on silk; soot on organic cotton canvas; dryer lint and cotton; blown glass and ash from burned books. It’s label text that borders on poetry.

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Cai Guo-Qiang Is Running on Empty

by Ana Alvarez on September 21, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, RI — Cai Guo-Qiang’s Move Along, Nothing to See Here opened last Friday at the Cohen Gallery at Brown University in Rhode Island. The inaugural event for Brown’s “Year of China,” the exhibit includes work common to Cai’s oeuvre. The main sculptural work of the show, “Moving Along Nothing to See Here” (2006), has a title comprised of a phrase hear commonly used by policemen at a crime scene. It consists of two life-sized crocodiles, supported by wooden stills, their jaws wide open and writhing in pain.

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The Art of Fireworks

by Hrag Vartanian on July 4, 2011

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Happy Fourth of July everyone! When I think of this very American holiday, I think fireworks. So, I thought it was appropriate to share some notable art works that incorporate fireworks in different ways and demonstrate that the love of beautiful lights is quite universal.

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