Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

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The Sky Ladder is a 1,650-foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies above artist Cai Guo-Qiang's hometown. Creating ambitious signature pieces on the largest imaginable scales, Cai's electrifying work often transcends physical permanence while burning its philosophies into the audience members' minds. Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film tracks Cai's meteoric rise and examines why he engineers artworks that loom as far as the eye can see.

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Ian Buruma
Adam Del Deo
Executive Producer
Bennett Miller
Executive Producer
Robert Yeoman
Cinematographer
Florian Zinke
Cinematographer
Nick Emerson
Film Editor
Adam Biskupski
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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 very stimulating introduction to this extraordinary talent.

    October 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…
  • 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…

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