“For any artist, once they reach a certain level... they have to confront what their original intention was.”
— Liu Xiaodong on Cai Guo-Qiang
For these Chinese super-artists, the sky is already the earth. To watch men struggle to break ceilings of their own making—to clear the creative hurdles that materialize after the world has already made way for you—is to be reminded that your most unrelenting challenger is often yourself.
Each new artistic endeavor is double-edged; even more illuminating than Cai's pyrotechnic spectacle is the artist's reluctance to walk in more ambiguous directions once he has been offered a route.