Sometimes art works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes plans for works seem more complete than the finished work. These are things to consider when we watch the video of “Explosion Event.” Also ask yourself: What do you expect to see when you hear about a holiday tree “exploding”? Are you judging the event based on what’s possible in computer games or Hollywood? Keep the materials in mind here, as well as the things one can’t plan for, such as the wind!
The artist, Cai Guo-Qing, is the last artist discussed in Janson (8th ed.). Read this (p. 1106) before reading the articles and watching the video, then enjoy the video.
Here’s a link to the article in the Washington Post (November 29, 2012); be sure to watch the video of the event.
Here’s some background on the Sackler Museum and the artist…follow the links for more on the artist.