Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang FILM REVIEW


Artist Cai Guo-Qiang tests some fireworks which he uses to create breathtaking art.

This film captures the work and life of Cai Guo-Qiang, whose frequent use of gunpowder serves as both an ancestral homage and an acknowledgement of humanity's fleeting nature. Creating ambitious signature pieces on the largest imaginable scales, Cai's electrifying work often transcends physical permanence all while burning its philosophies into the audience's mind forever. Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and vigilant observers, Cai tracks his meteoric rise and examines how and why he engineers artworks that stretch as far as the eye can see and wow millions.

**** Stars

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Cai Guo-Qiang, Ian Buruma, Cai Wen-You, Ben Davis, Jeffrey Deitch

Unrated

Running Time: 1 hour 16 minutes

Rating Scale:

***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average

*** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal

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