Cai Guo-Qiang's recent retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum is naturally generating lots of press.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows (1998) perfectly illustrates this intelligent strategy. For the Inside Out: New Chinese Art exhibition at P.S. 1 in New York City in 1998, he installed a life-sized boat made of rice straw from his hometown, Quanzhou, an ancient seaport. Suspended from the air, the boat was pierced with a multitude of arrows and a People’s Republic of China flag, attached to the stern, waved frantically in the breeze produced by an electric fan.