Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

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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.

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In 80 minutes, Sky Ladder teaches you through sight, sound and dialogue about a new artistic language, while making you an expert on one of its masters.

October 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A documentary that is as rewarding as this artist's work.

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…

A documentary that begs to be seen in a theater, "Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang" offers an inviting glimpse into the life of a truly international artist, one whose colorful fireworks displays literally paint the air.

October 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Macdonald effectively draws lines between his subject's past and his present, attempting to make sense of what his harshest critics see as self-serving contradictions. In a way, it's all of a piece, embracing the best and worst of an ever-changing nation.

October 12, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The film, in the end, is a celebration of a humble artist who easily could have been - and perhaps deserves to be - a megalomaniac.

October 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Cai's grandmother watches it unfold via an iPad, after which the artist breathlessly asks her, "Isn't your grandson awesome?" It's a beautiful, touching moment that says more about the artistic urge than any scholarly tome ever could.

October 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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