Articles and Essays


Sanda Haruo. “A Fierce Battle between Two Matters.” Mainichi Newspaper (Japan), Mar. 14, 1989, evening edition. In Japanese.


Chiba Shigeo. “Fireworks at Mount St. Victoire: Chinese and Japanese Art.” Mainichi Newspaper (Japan), Sept. 10, 1990, evening edition, p. 6. In Japanese.

Fei Dawei. “Art in Chine demain pour hier.” Yishujia (Taipei) 184 (Sept. 1990), pp. 165–174. In Chinese.


Kuroda Raiji. “The Future of Presenting ‘Asian Art:’ Thoughts on Asian Contemporary Art.” The Shin Bijutsu Shimbun (Tokyo) 608, Jul. 1, 1991. In Japanese.

Suzuki Soshi. “The Future Tense of Art: Launching of 21st Century Art: Cai Guo-Qiang, China’s E.T.” Bijutsu Techo (Tokyo) 636 (Apr. 1991), pp. 202–214. In Japanese.


Konno Yuichi. “Marching Towards the Light in the Sky: Cai Guo-Qiang.” UR (Tokyo) 7 (Mar. 1993), pp. 5–32. In Japanese.

Wu Mali. “Explosion Art of Cai Guo-Qiang.” Yishujia (Taipei) 215 (Apr. 1993), pp. 237–244. In Chinese.


Friis-Hansen, Dana. “Cai Guo-Qiang at the Iwaki City Art Museum.” Art in America (New York) 82, no. 11 (Nov. 1994), p. 144. In English.

Sugawara Norio. “The Year in Art ’94: Striking Rise of Asia: Cai Guo-Qiang Very Active, Decline of Euro-American ‘Contemporary’ [Art].” Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Dec. 14, 1994, evening edition, p. 11. In Japanese.


Kurabayashi Yasushi. “Cai Guo-Qiang: A Marvelous Chinese Alchemist.” In Listen to Contemporary Art: Music and Contemporary Art in the 20th Century, pp. 209–241. Tokyo: Sky Door, 1995. In Japanese.

Poshyananda, Apinan. “From Hybrid Space to Alien Terrirory.” In TransCulture: La Biennale di Venezia 1995, pp. 69–78. Exh. cat. Tokyo: The Japan Foundation and Fukutake Science and Culture Foundation, 1995. In English.

Zhang Yuan-qian. “Order in Chaos: Cai Guo-Qiang, a Phenomenon in Japan.” Hsiung Shih Art Monthly (Taipei) 296 (Oct. 1995), pp. 58–65. In Chinese.


Cotter, Holland. “A SoHo Sampler: Short List for Prize.” The New York Times, Nov. 22, 1996, p. C26. In English.

Serizawa Takashi. “Chia Yu Kuan.” In Moving on This Planet, pp. 67–88. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1996. In Japanese.

Zaya, Octavio. “Global Art: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Flash Art (Milan) 29, no. 190 (Oct. 1996), p. 103. In English.


Cotter, Holland. “Playing to Whoever In Distant Galaxies.” The New York Times, Aug. 15, 1997, p. C24. In English.

Gao Qian-hui. “The Ark of Genghis Khan: The Analysis of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Art Methodology and Eastern Aesthetics.” Artists Magazine (Taipei) 263 (Apr. 1997), pp. 322–329. In Chinese.

Johnson, Ken. “Eyes on the Prize.” Art in America (New York) 85, no. 4 (Apr. 1997), pp. 41–45, 135. In English.

Lufty, Carol. “Flame and Fortune.” Artnews (New York) 96, no. 11 (Dec. 1997), pp. 144–147. In English.

Schwabsky, Barry. “Tao and Physics: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang.” Artforum International (New York) 35, no. 10 (Summer 1997), pp. 118–121, 155. In English.

Tokui Reiko. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Solo Exhibition: Cultural Melting Bath.” The Shin Bijutsu Shimbun (Tokyo) Sept. 21, 1997, p. 1. In Japanese.

Wu Xiao-fang. “A Remedy for the Cultural Melting Bath: Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Cultural Melting Bath: Project for the 20th Century’.” Mountain Art (Taipei) 91 (Oct. 1997), pp. 51–54. In Chinese.

Yu Hsiao-Hwei. “Cai Guo-Qiang Discusses Where the Budget Comes from, Where the Work Goes.” Cans Chinese Art News (Taipei) (Nov. 1997), pp. 74–86, cover. In Chinese.


Chang Bo-shun. “Ignition of Taiwan Province Museum of Art: Fire Dragon Climbing Dragon Columns.” United Daily News (Taiwan). Aug. 22, 1998, p. 5. In Chinese.

Cheng Nai-ming. “Powerful Explosion: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Art Power.” Liberty Times (Taipei), May 28, 1998, p. 39. In Chinese.

Chian Li-an. “Explode One Second into Eternity: Behind the Scenes of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Explosion Art.” Arts Circle Magazine (Taipei) 3, (Jul. 1998), pp. 12–15. In Chinese.

Goodman, Jonathan. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” ArtAsiaPacific (Sydney) 18 (1998), p. 92. In English.

Heartney, Eleanor. “Cai Guo-Qiang at the Queens Museum of Art.” Art in America (New York) 86, no. 1 (Jan. 1998), p. 93. In English.

Hsu Hui-Ling. “Taiwan Province Museum of Art Was Exploded into Spectacular Beauty.” Central Daily News (Taiwan), Aug. 22, 1998, p. 5. In Chinese.

Huang Bao-ping. “Taiwan Province Museum of Art: Explode Infinite Energy in 50 Seconds.” Min Shen News (Taiwan), Aug. 22, 1998, p. 19. In Chinese.

Huang, Du. “Cai Guo-Qiang: From Mystery and Philosophy to Reality.” ArtAsiaPacific (Sydney) 20 (Fall 1998), pp. 58–61. In English.

Kelmachter, Hélène. “Hervé Chandès presente Cai Guo-Qiang.” Connaissance des Arts (Paris) 554 (Oct. 1998), pp. 78–79. In French.

Murdock, Robert. “The Explosive Drawings of Cai Guo-Qiang.” Drawing (New York) 19, no. 4 (Summer 1998), pp. 127–9. In English.

Nemiroff, Diana. “Crossings.” In Crossings, ed. Diana Nemiroff, pp. 13–41. Exh. cat. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1998. In English.

Tsai Mei-juan. “Stunningly, Cai Guo-Qiang Explodes His Work.” United Daily News (Taiwan), May 22, 1998, p. 14. In Chinese.

Zheng Gong-xian. “Reverse Thinking of Two Events in Taiwanese Art World: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Advertising Castle and SuHo Paper Culture Museum.” Art of Collection (Taipei) 72 (Sept. 1998), pp. 24–30. In Chinese.


Gao Minglu. “Traces of Gunpowder Explosions.” Dushu (Beijing) 246 (Sept. 1999), pp. 87–93. In Chinese.

Heartney, Eleanor. “Children of Mao and Coca-Cola.” Art in America (New York) 87, no. 3 (Mar. 1999), pp. 42–47. In English.

Hsu, Wen-rwei. “Subject of Desire: The 1998 Taipei Biennial.” ArtAsiaPacific (Sydney) 22 (1999), pp. 25–27. In English.

Huang Qiang-fang. “Conversing with the Spirit of the Universe.” Art of Collection (Taipei) 77 (Feb. 1999), pp. 172–177. In Chinese.

Madoff, Steven Henry. “All’s Fair.” Artforum International (New York) 38, no. 1 (Sept. 1999), pp. 145–155, 184, 190. In English.

Takami Akihiko. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Bijitsu Techo (Tokyo) 768 (Mar. 1999), pp. 9–43, cover. In Japanese.

Thea, Carolee. “Prismatic Visions: An Interview with Rosa Martínez.” Sculpture (Washington, D.C.) 18, no. 6 (Jul.–Aug. 1999), pp. 32–37. In English.

Vetrocq, Marcia E. “The Venice Biennale: Reformed, Renewed, Redeemed.” Art in America (New York) 87, no. 9 (Sept. 1999), pp. 82–93. In English.

Zaya, Octavio. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Grand Street (New York) no. 67 (Winter 1999), pp. 120–125, cover. In English.

Zhang Chao-hui. “Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Cai Guo-Qiang and Xu Bing.” Jiangsu Art Monthly218 (Feb. 1999), pp. 11–14. In Chinese.


Allen, Jane Ingram. “Participatory Works: Viewers as Co-Creators.” Sculpture (Washington, D.C.) 19, no. 1 (Jan.–Feb. 2000), pp. 73–75. In English.

Dal Lago, Francesca. “Open and Everywhere: Chinese Artists at the Venice Biennale.” ArtAsiaPacific (Sydney) 25 (2000), pp. 24–26. In English.

———. “Chinese Art at the Venice Biennale: 1. The Virtual Reality of Chinese Contemporary Art.” In Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium: 1998–1999, ed. John Clark, pp. 158–66. Hong Kong: New Art Media Limited, 2000. In English.

Demattè, Monica. “Chinese Art at the Venice Biennale 2. Chinese Art…It’s dAPERTutto!” In Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium, pp. 167–74. In English.

Ebony, David. “Who Owns ‘The People’s Art’?” Art in America (New York) 88, no. 10 (Oct. 2000), p. 51. In English.

Eckholm, Erik. “Cultural Revolution, Chapter 2: Expatriate Artist Updates Maoist Icon and Angers Old Guard.” The New York Times, Aug. 17, 2000, pp. E1, E6. In English.

Erickson, Britta. “Cai Guo-Qiang Takes the Rent Collection Courtyard from Cultural Revolution Model Sculpture to Winner of the 48th Venice Biennale International Award.” In Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium, pp. 184–189. In English.

He Wan-li. “From ‘Fountain’ to ‘Venice Rent Collection Courtyard’.” Contemporary Artists (Sichuan) 19 (Nov. 2000), pp. 32–34. In Chinese.

Hikosaka Naoyoshi. “History of Japanese Contemporary Art in the 1990s.” SAP (Saison Art Program) (Tokyo) 2 (Jan. 2000), pp. 36–62. In Japanese.

Huang Du. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” In Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium, pp. 182–183. In English.

Morin, France. “The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art, and Projeto Axé.” Art Journal (New York) 59, no. 3 (Fall 2000), pp. 4–17. In English.

Napack, Jonathan. “Chinese Artists May Sue Venice Biennale, 1999 Appropriation of a 1965 Socialist Realist Work Causes Anger.” Art Newspaper (London) (Sept. 1, 2000), p. 3. In English.

Peng De. “Obsessed ‘Venice Rent Collection Courtyard’.” Contemporary Artists (Sichuan) 19 (Nov. 2000), pp. 30–31. In Chinese.

Wang Guan-yi. “Three Queries on the Work of ‘Venice Rent-collecting House’.” Sculpture (Beijing) 21 (2000), pp. 6–7. In Chinese.

Wang Lin. “Comments on ‘Venice Rent Collection Courtyard’.” Contemporary Artists (Sichuan) 19 (Nov. 2000), pp. 28–29. In Chinese.

Wen Shan. “Old Problems, New Problems: Venice Rent Collection Courtyard.” Artscircle (Shanghai) 151–52 (Sept.–Oct. 2000), pp. 79–83. In Chinese.

Zhang Zhi-ming. “Copyright Issues of Large Scale Sculpture ‘Rent Collection Courtyard’.” Zhou Mo Zhuan Kan (China) (Jul. 21, 2000), p. 8. In Chinese.

Zhou Jing-luo. “Explode Art on the Catwalk.” Huasheng Monthly (Beijing) 61 (Apr. 2000), pp. 78–81. In Chinese.


Erickson, Britta. “The Rent Collection Courtyard Breached Oversees: Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Sues Venice Biennale.” In Chinese Art at the Crossroads: Between Past and Future, Between East and West, ed. Wu Hung, pp. 52–55. Hong Kong: New Art Media Ltd., 2001. In English.

Gao Minglu. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” In The Century’s Utopia: The Trends of Contemporary Chinese Avant-Garde Art, pp. 245–251. Taipei: Artist Publishing Co., 2001. In Chinese.

Garnett, Daisy. “How Is Your Feng Shui?” Visuell (Frankfurt am Main) (2001), pp. 17–20. In German and English.

In Zhi. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Play Art Well.” Art World (Shanghai) 138 (Nov. 2001), pp. 8–15. In Chinese.

Li Xiangyang. “Cai Guo-Qing and Ni Tsai-Chin’s Collaboration in Tuscany.” Art and Collection (Taipei) 110 (Nov. 2001), pp. 168–169. In Chinese.

Lu, Sheldon. “The Uses of China in Avant-Garde Art: Beyond Orientalism.” In China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity, pp. 173–192. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. In English.

Zheng Huihua. “Two-Sided Cai Guo-Qiang.” Art China (Shanghai) 1 (Dec. 2001), pp. 76–79. In Chinese.

Zhu Qi. “We Are Too Sensitive When It Comes to Awards! Cai Guo-Qiang and the Copyright Infringement Problems Surrounding Venice’s Rent Collection Courtyard.” In Chinese Art at the Crossroads, pp. 56–65. In English.


Bartelik, Marek. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Shanghai Art Museum.” Artforum International (New York) 40, no. 10 (Summer 2002), p. 189. In English.

Cavallucci, Fabio. “When Art Takes Part in Society.” Work (Trento) 1, no. 3 (Oct.–Dec. 2002), pp. 11–13. In Italian and English.

Fei Dawei. “How to Write an Arbitrary History.” Art & Collection (Taipei) 113 (Feb. 2002), pp. 59–61. In Chinese.

Gao Minglu. “Painting” Made by and for the Mythical: Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Gunpowder Drawings.” In Malerei ohne Malerei, pp. 92–97, 140–142. Exh. cat. Leipzig: Museum der bildenden Künste, 2002. In German.

Hasegawa Yuko. “Transcending the Time & Space, Roaring at the Universe.” Art & Collection (Taipei) 113 (Feb. 2002), pp. 46–52. In Chinese.

Heartney, Eleanor. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Illuminating the New China.” Art in America (New York) 5 (May 2002), pp. 92–97, cover. In English.

Ho Chun-rui. “Cai Guo-Qiang Creates Explosion Work ‘Transient Rainbow’ for MoMA.” Cans Chinese Art News (Taipei) 57 (Aug. 2002), p. 16. In Chinese.

Huang Xiu-fang. “The Artist Using Land As His Stage: Cai Guo-Qiang.” People’s China (Tokyo) 592 (Oct. 2002), pp. 52–55. In Japanese.

Itoi, Kay. “Making a Splash.” Newsweek (New York) special edition (Fall–Winter 2002), pp. 76–77. In English.

———. “Hakone, Japan. Cai Guo-Qiang.” Sculpture (Washington, D.C.) 21, no. 10 (Dec. 2002), p. 83. In English.

Jhiratori Masao. “Cai Guo-Qiang: The Artist Who Uses the Universe as His Stage.” In Dreaming People, pp. 90–100. Osaka: Eastern Publishing, 2002. In Japanese.

Jodidio, Philip. “Cai L’alchimiste.” Connaissance des Arts (Paris) 590 (Jan. 2002), pp. 118–123. In French.

Katai Miki. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s CHADO Pavilion.” PR Weekly (Tokyo) (May. 27, 2002), p. 194. In Japanese.

Leydier, Richard. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” ArtPress (Paris) 275 (Jan. 2002), pp. 81–82. In French.

Lin Chien-hsiu. “Playful Sophistication: A Sketch of Cai’s First Solo Show in China.” Art & Collection (Taipei) 113 (Feb. 2002), pp. 62–65. In Chinese.

Matsumura Toshio. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s CHADO.” Open-Air (Tokyo) (Jul. 2002), pp. 2–7. In Japanese.

Ni Tsai-Chin. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Legend in Taiwan.” Art & Collection (Taipei) 113 (Feb. 2002), pp. 53–58. In Chinese.

Qing Ya-jun. “Counterattack Mainland China and Also Liberate Taiwan: Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art.” Art Today (Taipei) 119 (Aug. 2002), pp. 72–75. In Chinese.

Reed, Arden. “’Living Well’ on Naoshima.” Art in America (New York) 9 (Sept. 2002), pp. 54–59. In English.

Schench, Sabrina. “Two Offerings by Cai.” Work 1, no. 3 (Oct.–Dec. 2002), pp. 8–10. In Italian and English.

Takashima Miki. “Collaboration Takes Tea Ceremony Back to Its Roots.” Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan), Jun. 22, 2002, p. 13. In Japanese.

Tong Jinghan. “Maksimov’s Impact on the History of Chinese Art.” Art China (Shanghai) (Feb. 2002), pp. 66–71. In Chinese.


Chou Dong-hsiao. “Amazement in the September Sky of New York.” Artist Magazine (Taipei) 339 (Aug. 2003), pp. 102–5. In Chinese.

Cotter, Holland. “Public Art Both Violent and Gorgeous.” The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2003, Arts & Leisure, section 2, pp. 1, 33. In English.

Fujimori Manami. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Bijitsu Techo (Tokyo) 833 (Apr. 2003), pp. 149–153. In Japanese.

Furukawa Mika. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Bien (Tokyo) 22 (Sept.–Oct. 2003), pp. 4–9. In Japanese.

Ho, Heather. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fiddled Art and Amusing Life.” Chinese Art (Beijing) 4, no. 33 (2003), pp. 14–27. In Chinese.

Hou Hanru. “Artistes Chinois, Diaspora et Art Global.” In Alors, la Chine?, pp. 396–400. Exh. cat. Paris: Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2003. In French.

Lavrador, Judicaël. “Art et Feux d’artifice: Étincelles Modernes.” Beaux Arts (Paris) 225 (Feb. 2003), pp. 74–77. In French.

Pollack, Barbara. “Gunpowder Drawings: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Art on Paper (New York) 8, no. 2 (Nov.–Dec. 2003), pp. 38–39. In English.

Poshyananda, Apinan. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” ArtAsiaPacific (St. Leonards) 37 (Jan.–Feb.–Mar. 2003), p. 76. In English.

Putnam, James. “The Way of the Dragon.” Contemporary (London) 49 (2003), pp. 44–47. In English.

Tomkins, Calvin. “Light Show: Rockets’ Red Glare.” The New Yorker (New York) 79, no. 26 (Sept. 15, 2003), Talk of the Town, p. 40. In English.

Vanderbilt, Tom. “Playing with Fireworks: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang.” Wall Street Journal, Sept. 11, 2003, p. D10. In English.

Zeng Hui-yan. “Explosion from the East to the West: Cai Guo-Qiang Plays around the World.” World Journal (New York), Oct. 12–18, 2003, pp. 20–25, cover. In Chinese.


Berwick, Carly. “Playing with Fire.” Artnews (New York) 103, no. 10 (Nov. 2004), pp. 122–3. In English.

Dawson, Jessica. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Ship Has Come in at Sackler.” The Washington Post, Nov. 14, 2004, p. N8. In English.

Dean, Jason. “Bridging the Divide with Art.” Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), Sept. 13, 2004, p. A2. In English.

Desai, Vishakha N. “Beyond the ‘Authentic-Exotic’: Collecting Contemporary Asian Art in the Twenty-First Century.” In Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art, Bruce Altshuler, pp. 103–114. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. In English.

Gao Chien-huei. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” In After Origin: Topic on Contemporary Chinese Art in New Age, pp. 310–319. Taipei: Artist Publishing Co., 2004. In Chinese.

Goodman, Jonathan. “Cai Guo-Qiang An Explosion Event: Light Cycle over Central Park at the Asia Society.” ArtAsiaPacific (New York) 39 (Winter 2004), p. 84. In English.

Lloyd, Ann Wilson. “Art That Goes Boom.” Smithsonian Magazine (Washington, D.C.) 5, no. 8 (Nov. 2004), pp. 112–6. In English.

Macleod, Helen. “Treasure Island: Subtracting the Art from Artillery on Taiwan’s Remote, Wounded Outcrop.” The New York Sun, Oct. 1–3, 2004, p. 21. In English.

Nichols, Matthew Guy. “Cai Guo-Qiang at Central Park & the Asia Society.” Art in America (New York) 1 (Jan. 2004), p. 96. In English.

Sayaka Yakushiji. “Blowing Away the Boundaries of Art and Politics.” Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo), Oct. 9–10, 2004, p. 35. In Japanese.

Wang Zi-ren. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Explode the International Art World, Explode the Spectacular Art Life.” La Vie (Taipei) (Sept. 2004), pp. 114–27. In Chinese.


Carrier, David. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Artforum International (New York) 43, no. 6 (Feb. 2005), pp. 176–7. In English.

Glueck, Grace. “The Cars Aren’t Really Exploding, but the Terrorist Metaphor Is.” The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2005, p. E39. In English.

Jin Bo. “Oriental Touch to Venice Biennale.” China Daily, Jun. 11–12, 2005, p. 9. In Chinese.

Lefingwell, Edward. “The Extraterritorial Zone.” Art in America (New York) 2 (Feb. 2005), pp. 48–55. In English.

Pollack, Barbara. “Enter the Dragon: Cai Guo-Qiang Breathes New Fire Into Venice.” Modern Painters (London) (Jun. 2005), pp. 80–83. In English.

Searle, Adrian. “Boom Town.” Guardian (London), Aug. 2, 2005, G2, pp. 10–11. In English.


Ma Yue-ling. “Wind. Shadow. Fire. Dance.” Common Wealth (Taipei) (Nov. 8, 2006), pp. 162–165. In Chinese.

Müller, Hans-Joachim. “Maler an der Lunte.” Die Zeit (Berlin), Aug. 24, 2006, p. 38. In German.

Pan Qing. “Ink in the Sky: Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Transparent Monument’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Artco (Taipei) 165 (Jun. 2006), pp. 202–205. In Chinese.

Roberts, Claire. “China’s Most Famous Ruin.” In The Great Wall of China, eds. Geremie Barmé and Claire Roberts, pp. 16–25. Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2006. In English.

Shinkawa Takashi. “Cai Guo-Qiang: A Groundbreaking Journey.” ARTiT (Tokyo) 4, no. 2 (Spring–Summer 2006), pp. 42–47. In Japanese and English.

Vogel, Carol. “Inside Art: Up on the Roof, and above.” The New York Times, Mar. 23, 2006, p. E28. In English.

Wang Jia-ji. “Burning Medicine: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Explosion Art.” INK Literary Monthly (Taipei) 40 (Dec. 2006), pp. 50–56. In Chinese.

Zhao Li. “Encountering Cai Guo-Qiang.” INK Literary Monthly (Taipei) 4, pp. 57–59. In Chinese.

Zhou Qian-yi. “Black Snow, Black Hole, Black Rainbow: Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Wind Shadow’.” Performing Arts Review (Taipei) 167 (Nov. 2006), pp. 10–13. In Chinese.


Corkill, Edan. “A Bang-Up on Seasonal Motifs.” International Herald Tribune (New York) (Jul. 20, 2008). In English.

Frazier, David. “Cai Guo-Qiang and Cloud Gate Collaborate.” ArtAsiaPacific (New York) (Mar./Apr. 2008), p. 49. In English.

Kröner, Magdalena. “Exploding Moments: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Sleek (Berlin) (Summer 2007), pp. 82–93. In English and German.

Tamashige Sachiko. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” So-en (Tokyo) (Sept. 2007), pp. 122–125. In Japanese.

Taylor, Kate. “Poetic Explosions at the Guggenheim.” The New York Sun Sept. 7–9, 2007, p. 14. In English.


Ambrozy, Lee. “Diary of the Spectacle: Zhang Yimou and Cai Guo-Qiang’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.” [Weblog entry.] ArtReview (London). Aug. 12, 2008, In English.

Barañano, Kosme de. “Dibujando con fuego” El Mundo (Madrid) XVIII. No. 6643, Feb. 25, 2008. In Spanish.

Birnbaum, Molly. “Big Bang Theories.” ARTNews (New York) 107, no. 6 (Jun. 2008), p. 40. In English.

Cohn, Don. “Cai Guo-Qiang: The Art of War.”ArtAsiaPacific (New York) 57 (Mar./Apr. 2008), pp. 98–105. In English.

Goodman, Jonathan. “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Vancouver) 7, no. 3 (May 2008), p. 99–105. In English.

Guo Peiming. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Igniting Passions, Awing the World.” World Quanzhou People(Quanzhou) no. 4 (Sept. 2008), pp. 8–11. In Chinese. 

Gurewitsch, Matthew. “Just Don’t Call Them ‘Fireworks’.” Wall Street Journal (New York), Feb. 20, 2008, p. D8. In English.

Heathcote, Edwin. “The Blast Picture Show.” Financial Times (London), Mar. 1–2, 2008, Life & Arts, p. 6. In English.

Hsieh Chao-Chung. “Cai Guo-Qiang Has No Limits Playing with Art in the Guggenheim Museum.” World Journal (New York), Feb. 13, 2008, p. E3. In Chinese.

Hsieh Chao-Chung. “Lin Hwai-Min and Cai Guo-Qiang, Capture Wind and Arrest Shadow.” World Journal (New York) (Apr. 4, 2008), p. E4. In Chinese.

Jiménez, David. “Un bombardero en el estadio: Cai Guo-Qiang.” El Mundo (Madrid), Aug. 4, 2008, UVE, p. 8. In Spanish.

Lai Si-Ru. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Retrospective: I Want To Believe.” Artist Magazine (Taipei) no. 395 (Apr. 2008), pp. 194–203. In Chinese.

Li Fang. “A Visual Feast So Cool That It Moves You.” People’s Daily (Beijing), Aug. 9, 2008, p. 15. In Chinese.

Lubow, Arthur. “The Pyrotechnic Imagination.” The New York Times Magazine (Feb. 17, 2008), pp. 32–37. In English.

Montalba, Olivier. “L’art explosif de Cai Guo-Qiang à Pékin”. Le Monde (Paris), Aug. 21, 2008. In French.

Pearlman, Ellen. “Railing Opinion: Mao Is Like So Over.” Brooklyn Rail (Sept. 2008), In English.

Perl, Jed. “Mao Crazy.” The New Republic (Washington, D.C.) (Jul. 9, 2008), In English.

Pollack, Barbara. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Boom Year.” The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.) Feb. 24, 2008, p. M9. In English.

de Rochedoult, Beatrice. “Cai Guo-Qiang met le feu au Musée Guggenheim.” Le Figaro (Paris). Mar. 29–30, 2008, Culture, p. 31. In French.

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Gunpowder Plots.” The New Yorker (New York) 84, no. 2 (Feb. 25, 2008), The Art World, pp. 82–85. In English.

Shu Ke-Wen. “Fireworks Radiating in the Turbulent World.” Sanlian Life Weekly (Beijing) no. 33 (Sept. 8, 2008), pp. 50–55. In Chinese.

Smith, Roberta. “Cars and Gunpowder and Plenty of Noise.” The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2008, pp. E29–E30. In English.

Spencer, Richard. “Beijing Olympic 2008 Opening Ceremony Giant Firework Footprints ‘Faked’.” Telegraph (London), Aug. 10, 2008, In English.

Sun Wenye. “Footprints From The Sky.” Beijing Daily, Oct. 21, 2008, pp. 14–15. In Chinese.

Tsang Wai-Yin. “Big Player Cai Guo-Qiang Goes Beyond the Limit.” World Journal (New York) Mar. 2-8, 2008, pp. 10–17, cover. In Chinese.

Vine, Richard. “China Envy.” Art in America (New York) (Oct. 2008), pp. 142–147. 

Wang Hongliang. “Presenting a Feast of Fireworks Secrets.” Sanlian Life Weekly (Beijing) no. 30 (Aug. 18, 2008), pp. 104–108. In Chinese.

Yin Zi. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum: Making Things into a Lavish Production.” Art World Magazine (Shanghai) 218 (May 2008), pp. 40–45. In Chinese. 

Zhou Wenhan. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Serving Up a Fine Dish of Art.” Xin Jing Bao (Beijing), Mar. 5, 2008, pp. C03–C04. In Chinese.


Alsman, Stephan Wedel. “Explosive Asian Art. ” Weekendavisen (Copenhagen) no. 12, Mar. 20–26, 2009. In Danish.

Cavallucci, Fabio. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Guggenheim Museum—Bilbao.” Flash Art (Milan) XLII, no. 266 (May–Jun. 2009). In Italian.

Chen Wen-qian (Sisy). “The Artist without Borders.” Apple Daily (Taipei) (May 2009), pp.1–2. In Chinese.

Hao Xiaohui. “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe.” Guangming Daily (Beijing) (May 2009). In Chinese.

Horton, Anne. “Cuba Opens Up to the Art World.” (New York), Apr. 15, 2009, In English.

Rawlings, Ashley. “Taboos and Censorship in Japanese Postwar Art: Mutually Assured Decorum.” ArtAsiaPacific (New York) no. 65 (Sept.-Oct. 2009). In English.

Tanaka Sanzou. “Learned the Iroha in Japan, Now the Five Olympic Rings Fireworks.” Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo) (Apr. 2009). In English.

Wan Ying. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Making the Most Magnificent Fireworks for the World.” Tides of Youth(Feb. 2009), pp. 18–19. In Chinese.

Wu Yinhui. “Cai Guo-Qiang Hanging Out in TFAM, Inviting Audiences to Participate.” China Times(Taiwan) (Sept. 2009), p. A10. In Chinese.

Xia Yi. “Artists Are All Lonely and Ambivalent.” Ming Pao Monthly (Hong Kong) (May 2009), pp. 74–83. In Chinese.

Zhang Yu-Jing. “Unlimited Territory.” Knowledge in Architecture (Beijing) no. 29 (2009), pp. 90–95. In Chinese.

Zhong Xin. “Cai Guo-Qiang Awarded the 20th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize.” Quanzhou News Evening Edition no. 1716 (Sept. 2009), p. 4. In Chinese.

———. “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe Retrospective Exhibition.” Fine Arts Record (Beijing) no. 2 (Spring 2009), pp. 10–11. In Chinese.

———. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Solo Show I Want to Believe Opens in Spain.” Art in China (Beijing) (Mar. 2009), pp. 1–3. In Chinese.


Bryant, Eric. “Reviews International: Cai Guo-Qiang Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai.” Artnews(New York) (Sept. 2010), p. 125. In English.

Cao Feiyue. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Play with Fire.” Vista (Yinchuan) (May 2010), pp. 110-111. In Chinese.

Celant, Germano. “Blowing Up His Time.” Art in America (New York) (Jul./ 28, 2010).…. In English.

— — —. “Creazioni Giocose.” L’espresso (Italy) (Jun. 3, 2010), pp. 125. In Italian.

Cohn, Don J. “Shanghai Expo, Cai Guo-Qiang and the Chinese Dreamship.” ArtAsiaPacific (New York) no. 68 (May-Jun. 2010), pp. 41-42. In English.

Dao, Zi. “The Reproduction of Rent Collection Courtyard and Postmodernism, 2000.” In Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents, ed. Wu Hung. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp. 371-376. In English.

Fortescue, Elizabeth. “Art to Befit the Beauty of Its Stage.” The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), May 12, 2010. In English.

Hirsch, Faye. “A Life in Smoke and Thread.” Art in America (New York) (Apr. 2010), p. 34. In English.

Hsu, Florence. “Cai Guo-Qiang Talks about his Exhibition in Philadelphia: Brilliant Moment Fragile but Beautiful.” Yishujia (Taipei) (Jan. 2010), pp. 182-183. In Chinese.

Ji Shuoming, and Jia Xuanning. “Peasant da Vincis from the Chinese Renaissance.” Yazhou Zhoukan (Hong Kong) (Jul. 11, 2010), pp. 36-38. In Chinese.

Kelley, Jeff. “Where There’s a Will.” Artforum (New York) (Oct. 2010), p. 97. In English.

Leclerc, Franck. “Cai Guo-Qiang et Yves Klein pour un dialogue autour du feu.” Nice-Matin, Jun. 12, 2010. In French.

Lin Yawei. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Compromise is not a Shame.” Art. Investment (Taipei) no. 29 (Mar. 2010), p. 34. In Chinese.

“Making Art a Blast.” Houston Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2010, p. A1. In English.

Malherbe, Anne. “l’art volcanique de Cai Guo-Qiang.” ArtPress (Paris) no. 368 (2010), pp. 50-54. In French and English.

McClister, Nell. “Cai Guo-Qiang; Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.” Artforum (New York) (Mar. 2010), p. 252. In English.

Mu Mu. “Cai Guo-Qiang: My Most Exciting Role is to Tell Stories Through Art.” Art World (Shanghai) (May 2010), pp. 20-25. In Chinese.

Schiling, Leonie. “Cai Guo-Qiang: The Beauty of the Uncontrollable.” Arte Al Limite (Santiago) (May 2010), pp. 26-35. In Spanish and English.

Vogel, Carol. “Gunpowder Gathering.” The New York Times, Aug. 6, 2010. In English.

Wang Yin. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasants – Making a Better City, a Better Life.” Nanfang Zhoumo(Guangzhou), Apr. 1, 2010, p. E25. In Chinese.

———. “It doesn’t Matter when Flying off Target – Cai Guo-Qiang and the Stories of Peasant da Vincis.” Nanfang Zhoumo (Guangzhou), Apr, 15, 2010, p. D22. In Chinese.

Zhang Jian. “The Virtue of Simplicity.” Shanghai Tatler (May 2010), pp. 101-109. In Chinese.

Zhang Ying. “The Inopportune Hero.” Art World (Shanghai) (Jan.-Feb. 2010), pp. 20-21. In Chinese.

Zhang Yiwu. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis – A Miracle of the ‘Chinese Dream’.” Arts Criticism(Beijing) no. 7 (2010), pp. 5-7. In Chinese.


“Cai Guo-Qiang Reinterpreting the Concept of Modern through the Elements Derived from Traditions.” ppaper (Taipei) no. 91 (2011), pp. 36-65. In Chinese.

Dailey, Meghan. “In the Studio: Cai Guo-Qiang.” Art+Auction (New York) (Nov. 2011). In English.

Hanna, James Chad. “Pyrotechnic Ceremony- Cai Guo-Qiang makes a bang in the Middle East.” Modern Painters (New York) (Dec. 2011). In English.

Harris, Gareth. “China to Doha with fireworks: Cai Guo-Qiang’s mini retrospective in Qatar’s Mathaf.” The Art Newspaper (London) (Dec. 2011). In English.

Hartvig, Nicolai. “Detonating Dialogue: Cai Guo-Qiang’s First Middle Eastern Exhibition Gently Bridges Arab and Chinese Culture at Mathaf.”, Dec. 15, 2011.…. In English. 

Jiang Xueliang. “Trigger an Explosion Soul.” Esquire (Taipei) (Feb. 2011), pp. 58-59. In Chinese.

Judkis, Maura. “Cai Guo-Qiang lights up Doha sky with daytime fireworks display.” The Washington Post Online, Dec. 14, 2011.…. In English. 


Cacchione, Orianna. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder.” Yishu International (Taipei) (Nov. 2012), pp. 103-109. In English and Chinese.

Donoghue, Katy. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Whitewall Contemporary Art and Life Style Magazine (New York) no. 26 (2012), pp. 92-103. In Chinese and English.

Lee I-Hua. “There are Many Appealing Stories about Collecting Cai Guo-Qiang’s Works.” Art Collection + Design (Taipei) no. 54 (Mar. 2012), pp. 30-37. In Chinese.

Raza, Sara. “Doha Mathaf: Art Museum of Modern Art. Cai Guo-Qiang Saraab.” ArtAsiaPacific no. 77 (Mar.-Apr. 2012), pp. 128. In English.

Sanderson, Edward. “Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.” LEAP (Guangzhou) (Feb. 2012), pp. 198-199. In Chinese and English.

Sheets, Hilarie M. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Arabia.” Art in America (New York) no. 100 (Apr. 2012), pp. 39-41. In English.

Tufnell, Ben. “Atomic Tourism and False Memories: Cai Guo-Qiang’s The Century with Mushroom Clouds.” Tate Papers (London) no. 17, May 11, 2012.…. In English.


Arruda, Tereza. “Cai Guo-Qiang. The Two Faces of China: Various Works in Paper were Inspired by the Artist’s Trips to Brazil.” Arte! Brasileiros (São Paulo) (Apr. 2013), pp. 44-45. In Portuguese and English.

Cai Guo-Qiang. “Blog on Paper: Awards and Catastrophe.” Bazaar Art (Beijing) no. 307 (Jan. 2013), pp. 52-55. In Chinese.

Cai Guo-Qiang. “Blog on Paper: My ‘One Night Stand’.” Bazaar Art (Beijing) (2013), pp. 130-133. In Chinese.

Cai Guo-Qiang. “Frank Gehry with Cai Guo-Qiang.” Bazaar Art (Beijing) no. 310 (2013), pp. 130-133. In Chinese.

“Cai Guo-Qiang Playing Fire in Olympic.” Fujian People no. 6 (Jul. 2013), pp. 24-31. In Chinese. 

Chen Fangling. “An Art Legion – Cai Guo-Qiang: Da Vincis do Povo tour exhibitions in Brazil.” Artist (Taipei) no. 457 (Jun. 2013), pp. 388-397. In Chinese.

Clinton, Hillary. “The Diplomacy of Art.” Vanity Fair (New York) no. 630 (2013), pp. 116-117. In English.

Gaskin, Sam. “Christie’s First Shanghai Sales Moves $25 Million in Jewelry and Art.” Blouin Artinfo, Sept. 26, 2013. In English.

Halloran, Melissa. “Cai Guo-Qiang.” Map Magazine (Brisbane) no. 158 (2013), p. 48. In English.

Hay, Ashley. “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Paradise Regained.” Artlines (Brisbane) no. 3 (Sept.-Oct.-Nov. 2013), pp. 22-25. In English.

“Integracao China-Brasil. Cai Guo-Qiang apresenta seu universe ludico em tres capitals.” Dasartes Artes Visuals em Revista (Rio de Janeiro) no. 27 (May 2013), pp. 50-55. In Portuguese.

Johnson, Ian. “Dreams of a Different China.” The New York Review of Books (Nov. 21, 2013). In English.

Marthe, Marcelo. “Terra de gigantes.” Veja (São Paulo) (Feb. 2013), pp. 94-98. In Portuguese.

McColm, Donna. “Celebrating 15 years of children’s exhibitions at the Gallery.” Artlines (Brisbane) no. 3 (Sept.-Oct.-Nov. 2013), pp. 30-33. In English.

“Quanzhou Light Cai Guo-Qiang.” Cross Border (Fujian) no. 5 (2013), pp. 4-13. In Chinese.

Rosenbaum, Ron. “Burning Man. With Ethereal artworks traced in flames and gunpowder, Cai Guo-Qiang is making a big bang.” Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.) no.44 (Apr. 2013), pp. 26-33. In English.

Vaughn, Katie. “Stick Vega’s Explosive Art.” Madison Magazine (Dec. 23, 2013). In English.

Wang Yin. “’I have been avoiding Chinese Projects’: Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art, and Frank Gehry’s ‘first’.”, Mar. 10, 2013. In Chinese.

———. “Cai Guo-Qiang : Dedicated to Paris an Aphrodisiac.” Elle Men China (Dec. 2013). In Chinese.

———. “Artist not only does good things, but bad: Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘One Night Stand’ on the Seine.”, Oct. 11, 2013. In Chinese.

“Where Art Lives.” Noblesse (Dec. 2013), pp. 207-222. In Chinese.

Xu Jia. “Can you Mess Around with Chinese Contemporary Art?” DFDaily (Shanghai), Oct. 28, 2013., In Chinese. 

Zhu Jie-Shu. “Lost in Venice, Lost in Chinese Contemporary Art.” (Shanghai), Jun. 17, 2013. In Chinese. 


Pollack, Barbara. “As Seen Here: Views of Chinese Contemporary Art in the U.S.” Leap Magazine(Guangzhou) (Feb. 2014), pp. 122-131. In Chinese and English.


Wolfe Alexandra. “Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art.” The Wall Street Journal. Apr. 24, 2015…. In English.


Pollack, Barbara. “Redefining China’s Artists. In Qatar.” The New York Times, Mar. 20, 2016, p. AR23. In English.

Gotthardt, Alexxa. “Explosives Artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s Story Comes to Netflix.” Artsy, Oct. 10, 2016. In English.

Dijksterhuis, Edo. “Schilderen met buskruit.” Museumtijdschrift, Oct/Nov 2016, pp. 54-59. In Dutch. 


Blàvia, Marta. “Cai Guo-Qiang: A lifelong Journey into the Spirit of Painting.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Taipei) vol. 17, No. 3 (May/June 2018), pp. 34-47. In English.